DA seeks shady FYL tenders probe

2012-09-24 11:30

Johannesburg - Parliament must probe the University of Limpopo's tender process after reports that two men associated with the Friends of the Youth League (FYL) benefited from lucrative contracts, the DA said on Sunday.

Democratic Alliance higher education spokesperson Annelie Lotriet said in a statement she would write to Motswane Ishmael Malale, chairperson of the portfolio committee to ask for an investigation.

The university council, including the vice-chancellor Nehemiah Mokgalong and marketing director Kgalema Mohuba, needed to explain how the tenders were awarded.

On Friday, the Mail & Guardian reported that the university awarded tenders to two allies of expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema last year.

Collins Foromo, who was previously Malema's driver, was awarded a R27.8m tender for the conversion of a gymnasium into a laboratory.

A company owned by FYL founder Mandla Seopela was awarded a contract for a three-year lease for dining facilities. The value of the tender could not be confirmed.

Questions have been raised about who funds the FYL, an organisation which was formed after Malema was expelled.

Lotriet said an investigation was necessary, particularly in light of the fact that the university might be indirectly supporting Malema's "social destabilisation campaign".

"... (Given) questions raised about the sources of funding for (Malema's) current national campaign to spread labour protests around South African mines, the sources of funding for the FYL warrants careful scrutiny.

"Malema's war-chest cannot be filled at the expense of the South African public," she said.

Trade union Solidarity filed criminal charges of incitement to violence and intimidation against Malema earlier this month, following comments he made to striking mines urging them to make the mines "ungovernable".

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  • alan.jerrold - 2012-09-24 12:03

    Again and again it is proven: anything ANC is crooked, corrupt and useless. Time for change.

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-09-24 12:10

      And the DA must investigate all tenders awarded to ASLA who funded a holiday for DA members. It is time for a new party.

      colin.dovey - 2012-09-24 13:13

      A new Party? Just as Faceless as your Facebook profile?

  • Ditantane - 2012-09-24 13:00

    also investigate where Juju fill up his, petrol price went up and he is always on the road. Huh, how. Hands off Please .....

  • derek.wright.7370 - 2012-09-24 13:12

    How on earth does a driver get a construction tender. Black guys studying at the university to be civil engineers, qs, biilding science mustt be pretty peeved

      edwin.i.jay - 2012-09-24 15:08

      People who qualify and does it for a living...not a driver with no experience in the industry

  • leko.dada1 - 2012-09-24 13:38

    a joke deserve to be treated as such! DA should also be probed (as they probe-probe-probe anything against blacks), i strongly believe there's a gross of stupidity,suspicious and jealousy among their members in general...

      joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-24 13:45

      More like a spoilt brats

      Zahir - 2012-09-24 17:34

      ANCYL and FYL are always involved in dodgy tenders deal ie textbooks , roads they get there cut

  • joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-24 13:43

    If it's not DA crying to PP then it's Afriforum crying to courts.

      derek.wright.7370 - 2012-09-24 14:07

      At least they are trying to prevent more of your and my tax money being plundered by dishonest tender preneurs

  • john.mccafferty.564 - 2012-09-24 16:23

    investigate !!

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