16 April 2019

South Africa: Senior Road Agency Management Suspended for Flouting Tender Regulations

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Members of the Johannesburg Roads Agency's top management team -- including its managing director Goodwill Mbatha -- have been placed on suspension after a forensic investigation into tender rigging at the roads agency.

A forensic investigation into tender fraud at the Johannesburg Roads Agency has resulted in the suspension of some of the agency's top management, including its managing director, Goodwill Mbatha.

A statement released by the City on Tuesday said a series of investigations by external forensic firm Nexus, which followed an exposé by Carte Blanche in the first half of 2018, found that JRA senior management, including the "current MD of the entity, who was the CFO at the time the events were under investigation", had flouted provisions of the Municipal Finance Management Act.

Among the contracts scrutinised was the one awarded to White Hazy Construction for repair work on the M1 double-decker bridge in 2015. Nexus found that White Hazy Construction had "falsified" information on its personnel and relevant experience.

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