13 June 2013
The IFP calls on the Public Protector to
urgently investigate the multi million Rand tender awarded to
PMPZ Construction by the uMhlathuze Municipality for work on a
new sewer system in the Mzingazi Area in Richards Bay.
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance
and Traditional Affairs, Mr Peter Smith (MP) said, "PMPZ
Construction was awarded the tender at a bidding price of
approximately R9.6-million, while another bidder, WJ Building,
had the second lowest at R8.7-million; yet the lower bidder was
The Municipality was yet to respond as to why
it awarded the tender to the higher bidder, when WJ Building was
advised earlier this year that the PMPZ tender price had now
dropped to R8.7-million and it had been authorised to move on
site, resulting in WJ Building submitting an urgent interdict."
The municipality is also at risk of losing
funding earmarked for the sewer project from National Treasury
if it is not utilised by the end of this month.
"The absence of a sewer system in Mzingazi is
causing severe pressure on the already ageing pit toilet system,
which could end up contaminating the adjacent Mzingazi Lake with
human waste. The legal battle on this matter is causing major
delays in the construction work," said Smith.
The IFP calls on the MEC of Co-operative
Governance in KwaZulu Natal to institute her own investigation
on the overall state of the uMhlathuze Municipality.
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative
Governance and Traditional Affairs,
Mr.Peter Smith MP, 083 299
IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr
Phendulani Biyase, 073 24 5675