Alleged nuclear tender irregularities probed
Publish date: 11 August 2017
Issue Number: 4282
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has launched an investigation into several senior officials in her department over alleged nuclear tender irregularities amounting to R80m. According to a TimesLIVE report, Kubayi's office has confirmed that it is probing the possible violation of National Treasury regulations when the department awarded an R80m contract to a nuclear transactional adviser‚ Mahlaka-A-Phalala. ‘There are still investigations going on the matters raised in your questions and therefore we are unable to respond as it will jeopardise and weaken the case‚’ said a statement from Kubayi's office. The report says the Minister can expect heavy questioning on the matter from DA MP Gordon Mackay when she appears before Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Energy today. Mackay said this was more evidence why the government nuclear procurement was ‘captured’. ‘We will also demand to know why deputy director-general (Zizamele) Mbambo remains in his post‚ and will propose an ad hoc committee to get to the bottom of this mess‚’ Mackay is quoted as saying. Mbambo remains in his position despite awarding the contract.