Honourable Ms Nosiviwe N Mapisa-Nqakula
Minister of Defence and Military Veterans
Room 1418, Floor 14
120 Plein Street
Dear Honourable Mapisa-Nqakula
REQUEST FOR AN URGENT INVESTIGATION: APPOINTMENT OF PRIVATE CONTRACT FOR THE RENDERING OF A MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF OPERATIONAL MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN NAVY WESTERN CAPE REGION FOR A THREE YEARS PERIOD
The above has reference.
The awarding of the bid for the maintenance and repair of operational mechanical equipment for the SA navy in the Western Cape region, to RA Govender CC, appears to be irregular and corrupt. This claim is based on the documents in my possession which I am sharing with you.
Amongst the disturbing revelations, are the following:
• The compliance history report from the Central Supplier Database for government (CSD), shows that RA Govender CC was Non-Tax Compliant at the time of awarding the bid.
• RA Govender CC has claimed to have the necessary and requisite capacity to deliver on the terms of the reference, yet has subcontracted his service resulting to the cost of the contract ballooning to more than R52 million.
• The sub-contractors are not registered with Workmen’s compensation, non-BBBEE compliant and were not vetted for operating in a National Key Point.
Furthermore I drawn your attention to the following files, that were fiddled with in order to fraudulently influence the bidding, and in particular, the pricing process.
On 16 November 2016, REAR ADMIRAL (JG) Mkhonto, a Director of Fleet Logistics, did not support the recommendation to award the bid to RA Govender CC. A signed document by someone going by the name of “Lamola” suggest that Mkhonto had directed this person to act on behalf of his support. Therefore this is contradictory to the one singed by Mkhonto and dated 16 November 2016.
Accordingly, I request that your department appoint credible and independent bodies to conduct a detailed investigation of these allegations.
I will be pleased to be advised on the steps taken by your office.
Mr. Bantu Holomisa, MP
President of the United Democratic Movement