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    SIU probes R780 000 donkey-drawn carts procurement

    The Special Investigative Unit (SIU) is reported to be looking into the widely criticised donkey-drawn carts purchased for R780 000 by the North West Department of Community Safety and Transport Management.

    SIU CATCHES ATTENTION ON DONKEY-DRAWN CARTS

    While the exorbitant purchase fee for the donkey-drawn carts left many jaws dropping, heavy criticism descended quickly when some of the carts started breaking down.

    ALSO READ: R780 000 donkey-drawn carts breaking down

    The SABC News reports that the controversial donation of the 20 carts to the residents of Dibono and Manawana villages in Mahikeng has prompted a special investigation by the SIU.

    HAWKS REPORTEDLY ROPED IN THE MATTER

    To beef up the case, it is also reported that the Hawks were also roped in to investigate the matter following an anonymous inquiry.

    According to the SABC News, North West MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management Sello Lehari welcomed the investigation. He also confirmed an internal investigation from his end.


    “As part of my internal investigation I have written letters to the HOD, CFO and relevant Directorate led by the Chief Director for Transport Operations, requesting clarity on the prices of the carts and then I will take it from there. The relevant law enforcement agencies are also investigating and I welcome the move. If it could be found that there were misrepresentations and deviation, corrective action will be taken.”

    MEC Lehari told SABC News

    ALSO READ: Transparency Report on R780 0000 donkey-drawn carts purchase

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    Donkey-drawn carts project under scrutiny after mishaps. Photo: Department of Community Safety and Transport Management/ Facebook.

    DEPARTMENT MAINTAINS ITS R780 000 DEAL STANCE

    So far, the department has maintained the following:
    “The agreement as the per contract with the company that won the bid (LKT BUSINESS ENTERPRISE) is to maintain and fix the carts for the next three years at no cost to either the owners nor the Department. The twenty carts were procured for a total of R 780 000. The 2 seater is R32 500 each and the 4 seater is R45 500”.

    According to the department, the 20 donkey-drawn carts were purchased as a Rural Transport Strategy to support of the use of Non-Motorised Transport as a sustainable mode in rural areas. However, it does not look like they have lived up to the desired standards due to unfavourable terrains.

    This is a developing story.

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