‘Why should you keep your job?’: Scopa grills public works on Beitbridge fence saga

Department of public works acting director-general Imtiaz Fazel has been given until February to punish senior officials implicated in the R37m procurement of the controversial Beitbridge border fence.

2021-11-30 11:13:00 PM

Department of public works acting director-general Imtiaz Fazel has been given until February to punish senior officials implicated in the R37m procurement of the controversial Beitbridge border fence.

Department of public works acting director-general Imtiaz Fazel has been given until February to punish senior officials implicated in the R37m procurement of the controversial Beitbridge border fence.

“Acting DG, this falls squarely on your shoulders. Make sure this consequence management is done. Do everything legally possible and necessary for you to bring this Beitbridge embarrassment to a consequence management conclusion.   “In the event you come back in February and have not completed this matter, you will have to tell us why you have to continue with your job.”

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Public works and infrastructure ministerled her department’s appearance before Scopa to account for the 40km-long fence built along the border of SA and Zimbabwe.   She attributed the slow pace of action against implicated individuals to them playing the system. 

“It has become very clear that some senior managers in the department have perfected the art of avoiding disciplinary hearings. They play us with the law, they interdict the report and everything has to stop. When hearings are scheduled, they are sick.   headtopics.com

If we do not assert the strength of the parliamentary oversight as we should, these things become a runaway train.Scopa chair Mkhuleko Hlengwa“For the past year-and-a-half we have been trying but people have been playing the system,” De Lille said.The controversial 1.8m-high fence consists of six rolls of coiled razor wire and a razor wire grid erected over three weeks by

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Magwa Construction.The SIU investigation found procurement irregularities and fraud committed by departmental officials and service providers among many irregularities. It also found poor design and construction “compromised the effectiveness of the fence as a deterrent for crossing the SA border with Zimbabwe”.   

Fazel assured the committee the department would do its best to ensure implicated individuals were brought to book.“We will fight tooth and nail in court to reinstate the disciplinary hearings.” After “embarrassment” over the fence, the committee made recommendations including that implicated companies be barred from doing business with the government in future. In its presentation, the department confirmed this had been done. 

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