The DA in Nelson Mandela Bay will table a motion at the next council meeting calling for tender committee meetings to be open to the public like in the City of Cape Town. This is the only way to stop the rot and turn this Metro around.
The recent decision to implement an electronic contract management programme for tenders merely goes half way towards stamping out the rampant tender fraud and corruption that has become entrenched in the Supply Chain Management.
The DA believes that Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality must go one step further and open its tender committee meetings to the public to ensure complete transparency and root out corruption.
The ANC’s closed door, cloak and dagger approach in Nelson Mandela Bay benefits only the connected few rather than distributing opportunities to all. The procurement system in South Africa was designed to promote equity and expand opportunities and stimulate job creation. This is not happening in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Under the DA’s leadership the City of Cape Town has opened up tender committee meetings to the public. All contract results are posted on the council website. This means that corruption cannot take root in DA governments, because we build accountability into the system, making our decisions open to public scrutiny.
If we are serious about attracting job creating entrepreneurs to our Metro they want to know they have a fair chance at winning tenders, as opposed to just being awarded to politically connected cronies.
A transparent tender process will cut corruption and expand job opportunities for all. It is the right thing to do.
The DA believes that every citizen has a right to participate in government; we have made our structures open, accessible and transparent.
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