26 June 2013
The IFP calls for the construction companies
involved in collusive tendering to be blacklisted and prevented
from receiving any further government tender awards.
IFP Spokesperson on Finance, Mr Narend Singh,
MP said, “Besides being concerned about the meagre penalties
imposed by the Competition Commission against these companies,
we are more concerned about alleged kickbacks to certain
political parties post-tender-award by some companies, which must
be closely scrutinized.
We therefore call on the Public Protector to
fully investigate whether or not there were kickbacks paid to
political parties or individual politicians during this
The Construction Industry Development Board
must appoint an investigating officer to investigate this matter
and severe disciplinary action must be taken against the
Singh further stated that, “The collusion and
the price-fixing affected both public and private sector
projects. The state is entitled to take steps if it feels it has
suffered losses due to the anti-competitive behaviour and if any
other laws have been breached the relevant law enforcement
agencies will look into that,” concluded Singh.
The IFP calls on government to speed up the
process of re-evaluating its tender processes, so that the
competitive behaviour in the construction industry can help to
lower the cost of the public sector infrastructure build aimed
at boosting economic growth in the country.
Issued by: IFP Spokesperson on Finance, Mr
Narend Singh MP, 083788 5954
IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr
Phendulani Biyase, 073 24 5675