16 November 2009 | Jake Kanter
Two buyers for the Parliament of South Africa have been temporarily suspended with immediate effect.
In a statement, the parliamentary communication service said the officials have been placed on paid leave in connection with the award of a contract earlier this year. The deal was subject to preliminary internal investigation, which recommended the interim procedure.
"The suspension of the officials is a precautionary measure to ensure that parliament's tender processes are beyond suspicion and that they are carried out in an environment free of any perception of possible interference," the statement said.
It stressed however, that the two officials have not been charged with any wrongdoing.