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Firms implicated in R431m school sanitising tender scandal point fingers at GDE!

A Special Tribunal is on Wednesday hearing virtual arguments from firms who rendered a service to several schools at inflated prices, some of which charged 27 times the going rate.

Legal teams representing companies hired to “sanitise and disinfect schools” in Gauteng during the COVID-19 pandemic have argued they had done nothing wrong and pointed fingers at the provincial education department for the scandal.

A Special Tribunal is on Wednesday hearing virtual arguments from firms who rendered a service to several schools at inflated prices, some of which charged 27 times the going rate.

The Special Investigating Unit has found that the department awarded R431 million in irregular tenders to companies that were never accredited to do the work.

It wants those tenders declared invalid and unlawful and is also trying to recover the money.

Under pressure to re-open schools in the middle of a pandemic, the service providers said that there was nothing sinister about how they went about securing these exorbitant contracts with the Gauteng Education Department.

John Peter representing some of the service providers at this Tribunal said that his clients were never asked for a quote on how much government should pay them. He claimed that the department set these prices.

“I normally get briefed by the State attorney and I normally get told that what my rate is, is not what I normally charge and I must accept or decline the brief. There’s no negotiations there,” he said.

The SIU has argued that the companies should not have ripped the state off and suggested that they should have offered to better the price.

Mzukona

Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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