Court rulings bringing up uncertainty over validity of public-sector contracts
Government entities are increasingly turning to legal processes to have irregular public procurement reviewed and set aside
SA is grappling with large-scale public-sector corruption, which has severely undermined the government’s public procurement system. Recent judicial developments, including a court-ordered commission of inquiry into state capture, appear to have been met, finally, with serious political will to root out corruption.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s inaugural promise of a “new dawn”, animated by a spirit of “thuma mina”, seems belatedly to be prompting some government officials to investigate and expose irregularities in their departments.