Willies Mchunu. Picture: JACKIE CLAUSEN/THE TIMES
Willies Mchunu. Picture: JACKIE CLAUSEN/THE TIMES

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu is waiting for further details of an investigation into tender fraud within his office before he decides what action to take.

This is after a forensic investigation into the office of the premier was leaked this week. The report revealed how a personal assistant (PA) and an administrative clerk awarded tenders worth almost R23m to five companies, with the knowledge of their superiors.

The report‚ which Mchunu said he has received and been briefed on‚ shows that between 2012 and 2016 the PA and the clerk processed most of the transactions where suppliers were awarded tenders. They did so with the knowledge of the chief financial officer. This largely happened under the watch of former premier Senzo Mchunu‚ who was the province’s premier between 2013 and 2016 — but the report doesn’t indicate whether he‚ or any prior or future premier‚ was at fault.

Willies Mchunu’s spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya said the premier requested a full report after he was briefed by Kwa-Zulu-Natal Treasury. "He is currently awaiting full details into the investigation so he can apply his mind into the matter. The director-general‚ Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize‚ who assumed office last week‚ is currently also receiving reports on all operational matters within the office of the premier. She is also awaiting the report so that she can study it and‚ in consultation with the premier‚ find a way forward."

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