The DA notes the reports of large-scale collusion and price-fixing by a number of firms involved in the construction of World Cup stadiums, among other state projects.
We welcome the investigation by the Hawks into the irregularities that were first identified by the Competition Commission, and trust that any companies and individuals found guilty of fraud, corruption and racketeering will be prosecuted to the full letter of the law.
We call upon the Competition Commission to impose the maximum fines prescribed under the Competition Act on any companies found guilty of tender rigging and collusion.
In addition, those companies found guilty of defrauding public funds to line their own pockets should be banned from working on public projects in future.
With the imminent launch of a R844 billion public infrastructure development programme, a strong message needs to be sent that corruption in the construction industry will not be tolerated, and that those found guilty will face the harshest possible consequences.
Geordin Hill-Lewis, Shadow Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry