DA requests Public Protector to investigate MEC Shongwe’s R1.5m ‘bribe’

By Jane Sithole MPL, DA Mpumalanga Premier Candidate

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has written to the Public Protector asking for an investigation into Culture, Sports and Recreation MEC, Thandi Shongwe, following allegations that she pocketed a R1.5 million bribe during the procurement of the Mandela statue.

During a recent sitting of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature, MEC Shongwe couldn’t admit or deny that she accepted a bribe but chose to rather try and embarrass other members of the Legislature instead of answering the question.

MEC Shongwe is no stranger to controversy related to hyper-inflated tenders as she has been linked to multiple inflated tenders during her time as Speaker of the Provincial Legislature. Over the past year, more reports of MEC Shongwe’s alleged involvement in irregular tenders have surfaced, which include the following;

  • Overinflating a R15 million tender for IT services by attempting to force the successful bidder to accept a further R5.5 million;
  • The irregular awarding of a tender of R9.9 million to Junox 210 CC for the supply of photocopiers for a three-year period; and
  • The awarding of a R19.6 million tender to controversial Frugacode CC for security and data integrity.

As one of former premier DD Mabuza’s closest allies, MEC Shongwe has for a long time enjoyed the perks of Mabuza’s protection, but her cover started to fall when she bungled the appointment of an Acting Premier and was demoted to Culture Sports and Recreation MEC.

The Public Protector must do a full investigation into MEC Shongwe so that she can pay back any money gained from corruption.

We will continue to monitor this situation in our effort to build One South Africa For All. Under a DA-led government, money meant for the people will be spent on the people and anyone found guilty of corruption will be imprisoned.

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