City of Joburg clears company of 'political influence' over R1bn contract

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- citizen.co.za | 3 months ago

The City of Joburg has cleared a fleet management company of “alleged political influence” after it secured a R1 billion contract from the city to supply 2,732 non-specialised vehicles such as sedans, bakkies and minibuses to be used by departments, particularly metro police, City Power and Johannesburg Water.

According to a forensic investigation report by Group Forensic and Investigation Services (GFIS), Afrirent Fleet Management was investigated by the city for alleged political interference in the awarding of the tender through a Regulation 32 process of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA). This allows municipalities to procure goods or services under a contract secured by another organ of the state.

“According to interviews conducted with the majority of the role players, decisions taken regarding the utilisation of the Regulation 32 process were by officials of the city and they were not influenced politically,” said GFIS.

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