Advocate Thuli Madonsela announces she will conduct preliminary investigation.
PRETORIA – The Public Protector announced on Friday afternoon that she will conduct a preliminary investigation into complaints of allegations of tender irregularities regarding the company that won the e-toll tender.
In a statement, the office of the Public Protector said that advocate Thuli Madonsela will also look into possible links with arms deals companies.
This followed the complaints lodged by the Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Jack Bloom, Director for the Institute for Accountability in South Africa, Advocate Paul Hoffman and the recently-resigned Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral), Nazir Alli.
This is only a preliminary investigation where Madonsela will determine whether any other institutions are investigating similar allegations.
“Thereafter, the Public Protector will determine whether the allegations merit a formal investigation,” the statement reads.
Hoffman told Moneyweb he was very pleased that the protector was prepared to see the matter as one within her jurisdiction.
“I’m pleased that she sees the seriousness of allegations published. If these allegations are indeed true we might be looking at another arms deal situation,” he said referring to the link pointed out that one of the companies who owns shares in ETC (the company that won the tender to collect the e-tolls on Gauteng’s roads), used to be a unit belonging to Saab. This unit, however, was already sold in 2000 to Kapsch TrafficCom.
According to reports Alli decided to bring the matter to Madonsela’s attention and ask for an independent inquiry so that the matter can be resolved and Sanral’s reputation can be restored.