19 May 2011 | Angeline Albert
Investigators have confirmed a number of contracts tendered by the Department of Public Works (DPW) in South Africa are being scrutinised for “procurement irregularities”.
The country’s Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has told SM it is looking into two deals put in place in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
“The SIU has an ongoing investigation into alleged irregularities at the DPW procurement division. This investigation commenced as a result of a direct request and referrals by the department itself,” said the government agency.
“The SIU is investigating a range of concerns across the entire DPW procurement division. This includes leases, capital projects and the prestige portfolio.
In a few cases, department officials have been implicated in wrongdoing and are the subjects of investigation. It is SIU policy not to identify individuals or companies who may or may not be under investigation.”
The DPW has not responded to SM’s request for a comment.