Bloemfontein - The Democratic Alliance has welcomed the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) probe into the controversial Free State "asbestos contract".
This investigation, signed off by President Cyril Ramaphosa, would hopefully get to the bottom of the awarding of the contract and the "flow of R250 million into the coffers of ANC politicians and cronies", DA Free State MPL Leona Kleynhans said on Saturday.
The DA in the Free State went to court in July 2015 in an attempt to stop payments in terms of the contract, which was clearly irregular. The court deemed the matter not urgent, opening the way for the payments to continue, she said.
The DA then took the matter to the public protector in October 2015. Earlier this year the public protector’s office informed the complainant, Kleynhans, that there were serious irregularities uncovered in the award of the contract, that criminal charges could be considered, and that the report would be released by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane after finalisation. This report had not yet been released by the office of the public protector, Kleynhans said.
The contract was awarded by the Free State human settlements department to Blackhead Consulting/Diamond Hill JV for the "identification of asbestos roofed houses in the Free State", she said.