JB Marks Municipality could be in trouble after he spent R30-million on the upgrade of a Sarafina Stadium project that has clearly not been completed.
The North West government has established that R45-million was actually approved for the construction project. It has since ordered a full scale investigation to be conducted by the JB Marks Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC).
The investigation is being ordered, following the unceremonious departure of Supra Mahumapelo from the helm of the North West government. He has continually been accused of presiding over a corrupt province.
The latest developments are an attempt to clean up the image of the province, following a wave of public protest earlier this year.
“The Municipal Mayor, Cllr. Kgotso Khumalo admitted in the meeting that service providers where paid R30,2-million for an incomplete Sarafina Stadium project,” said provincial spokesperson Namhla Luhabe.
“The Portfolio Committee had paid an oversight visit to the stadium two days before the meeting. According to the Technical Director at the municipality, Mr. Benji Zungu, the multi-year tender was for the upgrading of the Sarafina Stadium which included the construction of a guard house; gym; courts (tennis, basketball, netball and volleyball); ablution block; pedestrian lane; swimming pool; caretaker accommodation and irrigation system,” added Luhabe.
“Committee Chairperson, Hon. Motlalepula Rosho said the Committee discovered that the project is far from completion and facilities mentioned on the municipal report are not available except one toilet. The sports facility is completely vandalised and there is no value for money hence we want MPAC to urgently conduct an investigation into this project.
Monies were paid to service providers for shoddy work especially Dolly construction. The investigation must reveal the exact amount paid for the project and whether there is value for money. We need to know which procurement processes were followed when appointing these service providers.”
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