PROCUREMENT OF GOODS AND SERVICES
Government officials resist Gauteng open tender system, says David Makhura
The Gauteng premier’s sentiments expose the extent of the split brought about by the transparent open tender system
Gauteng Premier David Makhura says some government officials ran to the ANC opposing the open tender system, saying it will block black business people from winning tenders. "I told them I will see them in the ANC and we will deal with this on the ANC platform," the premier said at a networking session with the media on Thursday. Makhura’s sentiments showed the extent of the split brought about by the open tender system in the province. Under the system, the procurement of goods and services in the council will be transparent and open to public scrutiny. On Monday, ANC councillors did not show up for the City of Johannesburg special council meeting to vote on the open tender system, among other things, suggesting there was a deep split in the party on the issue.