The special court declared the Covid-19 contract for 4.8 million rupees illegal



The Special Tribunal set aside the controversial 4.8 million rupee Eastern Cape Covid-19 door-to-door outreach contract on Wednesday.

The Rs 4.8 million Covid-19 tender awarded to the Phathilizwi Training Institute in January 2019 for the OR Tambo district municipality has been declared illegal and invalid.

The Phathilizwi Training Institute was supposed to conduct awareness campaigns on Covid-19 for the community.

The institute was sentenced to pay the Special Courts legal fees.

The Special Court sentenced the municipality not to pay two tax invoices in the amount of R3.036.000 and R1.821.600 for the services allegedly rendered by the training institute under the illegitimate contract.

The Phathilizwi Training Institute was initially supposed to conduct a community outreach program in OR Tambo municipality for 12 months.

However, on February 24, 2020, the municipality extended the tender for six months.

“The extended tender was for a completely different activity, namely a door-to-door Covid-19 campaign,” said the Special Investigation Unit (SIU).

The SIU revealed that the municipality did not comply with the emergency procurement procedure during the extension of the contract.

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