DA: Sanral must disclose toll contracts

2012-05-06 11:56

Johannesburg - The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) must disclose the names of all 33 sub-contractors involved in the collection of e-tolls on Gauteng highways, the DA said on Sunday.

"This is after disturbing reports (on Sunday) about African National Congress links to companies that will benefit from the e-tolling," Democratic Alliance spokesperson Jack Bloom said in a statement.

The DA has asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the controversial Gauteng e-toll collection contracts.

On Sunday, Bloom said he had received acknowledgement of his request.

"It is vital that this investigation goes ahead so that we know the truth about who benefits from these controversial contracts, and whether there was any corruption," he said.

The Sunday Times has reported that politically-connected companies stand to benefit from e-tolling contracts.

According to the newspaper, these included Tsebo Holdings, South Africa's largest catering company, 15% owned by Nozala Investments and 15% by Lereko.

The Sunday Times reported that Nozala is headed by Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane, a trustee of the ANC front company Chancellor House, and that Lereko is owned by former environment minister Valli Moosa and Chancellor House trustee Popo Molefe.

Other companies which stood to benefit are Vodacom and GijimaAST, 35% owned by billionaire businessman Robert Gumede, which won the two largest sub-contracts.

JSE-listed Gijima was awarded the contract to design and run the project's IT system, the Sunday Times reported.

Molefe was reportedly not aware that Tsebo had any e-tolling contract until told of this by the Sunday Times.

"We as Lereko have not been involved in any discussions about e-tolling. We're not even on Tsebo's board, so we have no influence," he told the newspaper.

The 33 sub-contractors were signed up by the Electronic Toll Consortium (ETC), after it was awarded the main R6.6bn contract by Sanral in 2009. The ETC is responsible for collecting e-tolls.

The Sunday Times reported that the ETC had provided it with the names of only nine of the sub-contractors this week.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, ETC chief executive Salahdin Yacoubi said he would not release the full list of sub-contractors until he had "obtained permission" from them.

He said he had "nothing to hide" and would "collaborate with any investigation" into the beneficiaries of the e-toll contracts.

The Sunday Times also reported that a major beneficiary is the Swedish company Kapsch TrafficCom, which owns 40% of the main contractor.

The company confirmed to the newspaper that, until 2000, it was owned by arms company Saab, which admitted in June to paying bribes of more than R24m to ensure it was picked to supply Gripen jets to South Africa in the arms deal.

The e-tolling system was halted last Saturday until a full court review could be carried out to determine whether it should be scrapped.

  • Chanté - 2012-05-06 13:21

    Mmmmmm the plot thickens... I am willing to bet that the whole project will be scrapped by government before a full investigation can be concluded. "Alternative funding methods" will be found shortly. Therefore the need for an investigation will cease to exist and all corruption can be swept under the rug.

  • Taetjo - 2012-05-06 16:54

    Interesting indeed.

  • Freddy - 2012-05-06 21:08

    Sanral is going to try and be that character "JR" in that famous TV series "Dallas". They are going to try and avoid the issue by manipulating. So the plot will thicken. It will make an interesting paperback novel to read in the near future.

  • Warwick - 2012-05-07 07:21

    The anc - a failed Marxist terrorist organization, they are simply a corrupt lot of stagnent stool water.

  • lungile.ndyibithi - 2012-05-07 09:38

    My my my, I wonder if this represent Economic transformation or self empowerment to main beneficiary that we dont know as yet.

  • Freddy - 2012-05-07 19:14

    A modified version of a Bon Jovi song: Sanral is like bad medicine, bad medicine is bad for me. Oh Oh Oh Sanral is like bad medicine, bad medicine is cr*p for me.

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