Fingers are being pointed at disgruntled ANC members in Limpopo province, where the tender was to be adjudicated. ANC members, who are also businessmen, were allegedly responsible for the bombing the tender box.
Bidders were vying for the opportunity to supply food to poor rural schools in the province.
However, it seems prospective suppliers – aligned to the ANC and EFF parties – were aggrieved by the exorbitant surety fee.
A former ANC Youth League leader in the province said he suspected that disgruntled businessmen torched the tender box to protest against the R300 000 surety demanded by the government.
Businessman Charles Rampora, who was among the last people to deposit his tender application, denied any involvement.
“I was never the last person. There were people still submitting,” said Rampora.
“I know people blow up ATMs to get money, but now people bomb tender boxes to get documents. It was an unforeseen incident,” Rampora said.
ANC provincial spokesperson Khumbudzo Ntshavheni declined to comment.
Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said there were no arrests but investigations were continuing.