Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille.
- An investigation uncovered alleged procedural irregularities regarding the controversial tender for a fence near the Beitbridge border.
- Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille said there was a projected spend of R40.4 million, just over R1 million per kilometre of fence.
- The report has recommended disciplinary charges against 14 of her senior officials.
An investigation into the Beitbridge border fence project has uncovered several alleged procedural irregularities, Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille revealed on Saturday.
She said as a result of the irregular application of the emergency procurement process, there was a projected spend of R40.4 million – which amounted to more than R1 million per kilometre of fence.
The overall project cost should have amounted to R26.1 million, and was therefore overpriced by R14.3 million.
The investigation also revealed several aspects of the design specification, as well as poor construction practices, had compromised the effectiveness of the fence as a deterrent for crossing the South African border with Zimbabwe.
The report has recommended disciplinary charges against 14 senior officials in the department.
De Lille said it also recommended the matter should be brought before the Special Tribunal, which is investigating Covid-19-related projects.
This is a developing story.