May 28, 2017

Judge finds officials personally liable after R80m tender bungle

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The court has ordered that, collectively, 16 of them pay the municipality 50% of the costs it was ordered to pay Westwood, and that South West pay it the other 50% A Durban High Court judge has slammed city officials involved in awarding an R80 million tender and found 16 of them – including the city manager who confirmed it – personally liable for the costs of subsequent court action brought against the municipality. The judgment, handed down on Wednesday, comes after Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini was asked to explain why she personally should not pay costs in the…

Grant payments run smooth…

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has reiterated its commitment to its obligation to pay out social grants to beneficiaries notwithstanding detractors’ determination to convince the public that it lacks the capacity to do so. This after widespread misinformation last week that Sassa would not be able to pay beneficiaries on the scheduled April 1. The speculations were triggered by fears that the social development department would not find a new company to replace Cash Paymasters, to disburse the grants. However, the courts of law have since ruled that Cash Paymasters continue with the payments of grants for the…

Police warn cable thieves

Police in the Free State have warned criminals targeting electric cables and other essential equipment used by various service providers that they could face hefty sentences if convicted following the introduction of stiffer penalties last year. In a statement this week, provincial police spokesman Brigadier Sam Makhele said legislation that imposes harsh penalties on perpetrators of crimes where copper cables or other ferrous and non-ferrous metals are stolen or tampered with was put into force in June 2016. He said cable theft or damage to infrastructure was a very serious crime as such actions had a negative impact on health,…