Gauteng govt acts against officials following Lubbe contract termination

Gauteng MEC for Transport Ismail Vadi. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Gauteng MEC for Transport Ismail Vadi. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Officials will reportedly face disciplinary action in relation to the irregularly awarded contract.

The Gauteng provincial government on Friday said it had instituted disciplinary proceedings against five officials in the roads and transport department.

The officials include the head of department, Ronald Schwartz, who has been placed on special leave.

On Sunday, Gauteng member of the executive council (MEC) for roads and transport, Ismail Vadi, announced the termination of the Lubbe Construction road contract with the department for the K46 William Nicol project.

Spokesperson for the Gauteng provincial government Thabo Masebe said the officials face disciplinary action in relation to the contract awarded to Lubbe Construction in 2015 for the K46 road construction project.

“An investigation conducted by the provincial Treasury at the request of Premier David Makhura has revealed serious irregularities in the awarding of the contract. The contract has since been terminated and a new tender will be initiated through the Open Tender system,” said Masebe.

Premier Makhura said he “regards poor management by officials of infrastructure projects and dismal performance by contractors as a serious matter”.

As such, support from the Special Investigating Unit has been enlisted to recover funds that were allegedly overpaid to the contractor.

Masebe said the department would embark on a new, open tender procurement process to complete the project in due course.

“The Gauteng provincial government acknowledges that the regrettable delay in completing the project has caused inconvenience to road users, residents, and the business community in the area,” said Masebe.

– African News Agency

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