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SIUPretoria News reports that a senior official at the City of Johannesburg Property Company allegedly awarded personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts irregularly, costing the municipality at least R18 million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure last year.

The tender in question was awarded to four companies for deep cleaning and sanitisation services during the national state of disaster declared to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. According to a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report dated 29 March 2021, the general manager for special projects – identified as Gowrie Sunker – was found to have committed financial misconduct by flouting Section 172 of the Municipal Finance Management Act and disregarding supply chain management policies during a tender-awarding process. The report has been sent to acting city manager Floyd Brink, who was asked to provide the SIU with the outcomes of any action he might choose to institute against Sunker before the submission of the report to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Asked about the SIU report and possible action taken against Sunker, municipal spokesperson Nthatisi Modingoane said: β€œThe City would have to consider the report before it could determine whether there would be any sanctions, which is what the City is doing at this stage.” Contacted for comment, Sunker told the Pretoria News that he was not actively involved in the awarding of the tender in question.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Rapula Moatshe at Pretoria News

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