DA seeks co-operation on tender review

Mpumalanga - The DA in Mpumalanga has called on the public works MEC to co-operate on the tender review process ordered by the court for Pilgrims Rest, the party said on Monday.

“The DA calls on... MEC Dikeledi Mahlangu as well as department head Kgopane Mohlasedi to fully co-operate with legal proceedings relating to Pilgrims Rest,” Democratic Alliance MP Anthony Benadie said in a statement.

Pieter Steenkamp, the attorney representing Pilgrims Rest businesses, speaks to journalists outside the Pretoria High Court on Thursday, 26 July 2012 following an order restraining the Mpumalanga provincial government from evicting occupants of Pilgrims Rest business premises. Business people of the sleepy historic gold mining town, which has been declared a national monument, approached the court after being served with notices to vacate the premises this month end. The premises are owned by the Mpumalanga public works department. Judge Stanley Makgoba said the tender process to obtain new tenants had not been transparent and inclusive. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

On July 25, the High Court in Pretoria ruled in favour of 13 business owners based in Pilgrims Rest who applied for an urgent interdict preventing their eviction from their places of business by July 31.

The court granted the interim interdict and gave the applicants 31 days to launch a tender review application, from the date of receipt of all the necessary documentation from the department.

“The DA sincerely hopes that Mahlangu and departmental officials will fully comply with this ruling, and hand over all documentation pertaining to the matter sooner rather than later,” said Benadie.

He said that department should not wilfully delay the review application by withholding information. - Sapa