The Special Tribunal declared illegal a contract worth 4.8 million rand on Covid-19

On Wednesday, the Special Tribunal canceled a controversial R4.8 million contract in the Eastern Cape Covid-19.

The R4.8 million Covid-19 tender awarded to the Fatilisvi Training Institute in January 2019 for the Tambo District Municipality has been declared illegal and void.

The Fatilisvi Training Institute was supposed to carry out campaigns to raise public awareness about Covid-19.

The Institute was ordered to pay Special Tribunal legal services.

The Special Tribunal ordered the municipality not to pay two tax bills of R3,036,000 and R1,821,600 for services allegedly provided by the educational institution under an illegal contract.

The Phathilizwi Training Institute was originally intended to run a community outreach program in the municipality of OR Tambo for 12 months.

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

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

The SIU found that the municipality did not follow the emergency purchase procedure when renewing the contract.

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