8 February 2013

South Africa: The SACP, Cosatu and Mkmva Laid a Charge of Corruption and Fraud Against Mec Clifford Motsepe?s Department in Limpopo Province

Today the South African Communist Party, COSATU and Mkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association lodged formal complaint of corruption and fraud with the Hawks commercial crime unit against the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) headed by MEC Clifford Motsepe. We presented documentary evidence as proof and requested the Hawks to investigate the matter urgently given its gravity. We were assured that the matter will receive the necessary attention. In our view there is an increasing public interest and concern on corruption and fraud in Limpopo Province. The main drivers of these are “The New Tendency” which was routed in Mangaung but not uprooted in Limpopo.

According to information at our disposal, which formed the basis of our submission to the Hawks, there is conspicuous evidence of violation and disregard for government policy when taking decision relating to the awarding of tenders. We believe that this was done with an intention to use these companies to bailout Mr Julius Malema’s tax woes and to fund clandestine political activities of the “The New Tendency” in Limpopo which is led by Mr Cassel Mathale.

Mr Clifford Motsepe in his own words said” "I'm friends with Julius Malema and will remain his friend until death do us part… In this very tender that we have advertised, none of the requirements are saying if you're related to Malema …you're barred from tendering.” Besides these outpourings being contrary to the latter’s infamous words that “in politics there are no permanent allies,” Mr Clifford Motsepe has displayed an extreme form of arrogance and shown himself as not being worthy of holding a public position of trust.

We are not in the business of choosing friends for MECs like Clifford Motsepe, but Motsepe and Malema’s relationship smacks of unethical conduct judging by the link between Malema and several of the companies which are alleged to have been awarded a stake in the R900m housing tender scam.

We call upon the public servants to refuse unlawful and illegal instructions emanating from the MECs, HoDs and the premier in Limpopo Province. Public servants are encouraged to report any form of corruption to the law enforcement agencies and where necessary approach SACP and COSATU.

Furthermore, we call upon the National Executive to intervene by halting the R900million tender awarded under corrupt and fraudulent circumstances without delay. Failure to do so will lead to serious consequences on the finances of Limpopo government which in turn will frustrate service delivery to the working class and the rural masses in a poverty stricken province that Limpopo is.

Lastly, we call upon the National Executive to place under Section 100 Administration the Departments of CoGHSTA under Clifford Motsepe and Limpopo Economic Development and Tourism under Pinky Kekana without delay. These departments are turned into the looting fields of “The New Tendency.”

Our call for an end to tenderization o f the state is made clearer by tender scams like the one of CoGHSTA in Limpopo Province.

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