Johannesburg - The DA on Wednesday called on Social
Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini to work with the FBI in its probe into
the department's awarding of a social grant tender.
"I will... request that she and her department give
their full co-operation to the FBI in their inquiry into the R10bn tender for
the administration of social grants awarded to Cash Paymaster Systems
(CPS)," the party's Mike Waters said in a statement.
CPS is a subsidiary of US company Net1 UEPS. Net1, through CPS, manages and distributes social grants in
South Africa. It was awarded the tender by the SA Social Security Agency
(Sassa) in January this year.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into whether
Net1 violated United States federal criminal laws by engaging in a scheme to
bribe local officials in connection with the tender.
The social grants tender had been marred by controversy,
"In April this year, reports revealed that human
settlements director general Thabane Zulu, who is a member of the Sassa tender
adjudication committee, received a R1.4m deposit into his personal account a
few weeks before deliberations on the bid commenced."
Another committee member received a R600 000 payment towards
his bond soon after the contract was awarded to CPS.
"Furthermore the involvement of President Jacob Zuma's
lawyer Michael Hulley raised questions when he was brought in by Sassa as a
‘strategic adviser' for the bid."
Key tender requirements were changed nine days before
applications for the tender closed.
In August this year, Judge Elias Matojane in the High Court
in Pretoria declared the tender illegal and invalid, but it was not set aside.
Absa subsidiary AllPay challenged the awarding of the tender
in court, alleging widespread corruption and irregularities.
"I have already written to the Public Protector (Thuli
Madonsela) to investigate the awarding of the tender. I will now request that
she shares her findings with the US department of justice and the FBI."
Department spokesperson Lumka Oliphant said they had not had
any communication from the FBI regarding the investigation.