ActionSA Welcomes Scheduling of Special Council to Deliberate Rooiwal Forensic Report

ActionSA has today been informed that a Special Council meeting will be convened to consider the forensic report requested by ActionSA some time ago. ActionSA will now write to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Randall Williams, and the Speaker to urgently convene this special sitting of Council considering the people of Tshwane have waited almost two decades.

Specifically, Council must diligently apply itself to the contents of this forensic report in order to get to the bottom of the problem that has precluded the people of Rooiwal, Hammanskraal from gaining access to potable water for almost 18 years. This is with reference to alleged R295 million tender irregularities that have delayed progress at the plant.

Amongst the many reasons ActionSA contends this tender was corrupt, are the following:

  1. It amounted to a R295 million award to a joint venture with both companies owned by Edwin Sodi for the upgrade of the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  2. Neither company in the joint venture had any experience in this kind of project.
  3. The joint venture did not have the required funds for site establishment. The City of Tshwane paid R1 million upfront to float the costs of site establishment.
  4. The joint venture, in contravention of the supply chain policies of the City of Tshwane, had to be ceded R71 million upfront because it lacked the resources for the initial capital outlay.
  5. When the adjudication committee cancelled the tender award, the City of Tshwane inexplicably did not defend its decision in the legal proceedings brought by the joint venture.

ActionSA brought a motion to Council for the matter to be investigated and reported back to the Council and we are pleased that this is now happening.

We are optimistic that Tshwane Council will adopt this report and share it with the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) which is also looking into this matter.