DA accused of manipulation in procurement

The DA’s Abel Tau, John Moody, Randall Williams and John Steenhuisen during a press conference on the political situation in the city of Tshwane. Photo: Jacques Naude/African News Agency(ANA)

Procurement report: DA in the Western Cape accused of manipulation

Following the release of a procurement report, Cosatu in the Western Cape said the DA is just a facade of good governance in the province.

DA accused of manipulation in procurement

The DA’s Abel Tau, John Moody, Randall Williams and John Steenhuisen during a press conference on the political situation in the city of Tshwane. Photo: Jacques Naude/African News Agency(ANA)

Cosatu in the Western Cape, on Thursday 20 August, released a statement slamming the Democratic Alliance (DA) for manipulation following the release of its procurement report. 

“The DA has failed to implement national policies in its procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including fabric face masks. The procurement report disclosed by the WC provincial authority further elaborates the optics manipulation of the Western Cape DA-run Administration,” it said. 


Cosatu said the DA-run administration procured from suppliers importing goods, companies who have never been involved in the manufacture of medical products such as construction companies who were awarded multi-million rand contracts. 

“The DA has failed to support the black industrialisation programmes so that previously marginalised communities working in the value chain of PPE products and services can be supported during this global pandemic,” it said. 

“In addition, the DA has been treating our homeless and vulnerable communities with the continued disdain and animosity by spending over R5 million for renting a tent in Strandfontein but failing to build homes and shelters for those vulnerable communities,” it added. 

Cosatu, lashing out, said the continued love story the DA has for our unjust past and entrenching systematic institutional privileges is more evident in the City of Cape Town leasing prime property for golf courses at ridiculous rental prices. 

“Instead of addressing the spatial inequality that continues to [divide] our communities. The Mowbray golf course area must be immediately re-zone and social housing built on this land so we work to end the racist spatial divide and dynamics that continue to play out in the Western Cape province,” it said. 


Cosatu also accused the DA-run Western Cape administration of public resources to hire a private ratings company — Ratings Afrika — to issue a report on its good governance.

“COSATU in the Western Cape has called for a full investigation into the public monies spend to the ratings agency Ratings Arika by the Western Cape Administration and to the network of corruption within the Western Cape Government and those beneficiaries of COVID-19 procurement funds,” it said. 

Cosatu said swift action is needed to send those that have been looting from the state coffers to jail.  

“We have had enough, the law must apply to all of us equally,” it said. 

Cosatu is also calling on the Auditor-General’s office to immediately act against those officials who have been neglecting the adherence to the Public Finance Act and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act in the administration of their duties in procurement of goods and services in response to COVID-19. 

“The DA continues to fail to implement democratic and constitutional principles to redress the evils of colonialism and apartheid. Their public procurement report and spending of public finances in a crisis by the DA further reveals the desire of the DA elites in the WC Province’s to entrench a system of inequality and racial segregation,” it added. 


Western Cape provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier, said: “We consider the Procurement Disclosure Report an excellent example of transparency, and another innovative step towards maintaining clean government in the Western Cape.”

“We have invested significant amounts of money on PPE in the fight against Covid-19 in the Western Cape, and so I welcome this initiative by Provincial Treasury as an important measure designed to mitigate the risks in supply chain management and ensure this money is spent correctly,” he added.

Other pro-active support and compliance measures implemented by Provincial Treasury to mitigate procurement risks include the establishment of a Central Procurement Advisory Committee to support and advise the main procuring departments and enhanced surveillance of disaster-related procurement by internal audits of procurement transactions.

You can access the first Procurement Disclosure Report here.