Mkhwebane receives ATM’s complaint on R37m Beitbridge border fence


Mkhwebane receives ATM’s complaint on R37m Beitbridge border fence

Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane may be seen throughout the launch of her experiences on the Public Protector’s workplaces in Pretoria, 28 January 2020. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The DA has additionally criticised De Lille’s division, saying the ‘washing line’ it erected uncovered its ‘incompetence’. 

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has obtained a complaint from the African Transformation Movement (ATM) to analyze the alleged maladministration and procurement irregularities relating to the R37 million Beitbridge border fence.

The fence was erected following a request from the Department of Defence and Veterans to restore and substitute a 40km part of the fence amid the shutdown of SA’s borders and ports.

The 40km fence has been topic of criticism after latest pictures displaying it had been vandalised and poles allegedly stolen.

Fingers had been instantly pointed at Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille, who in flip requested the auditor-general of South Africa, Kimi Makwetu, to analyze the challenge.

“In order to have better assurance and full oversight, and additional to handle the general public’s issues, I’m hereby respectfully requesting your good workplace to instantly start with an exterior audit of the 40km Beitbridge Border Fence Project. I’d recognize it if the exterior audit may cowl all points of the challenge course of,” mentioned De Lille in an announcement.

The DA extremely criticised De Lille’s division, saying the “washing line” it had erected uncovered its “incompetence”.

“Once known as the ‘Snake of Fire’ due to the two,800 volts that coursed by these unlucky sufficient to return into contact with it, the unique border fence was substantial, strong and near impenetrable.

“But as a consequence of a scarcity of upkeep and the lacklustre monitoring of the border by the SANDF over time, it had change into as porous as a sieve. This has occurred, regardless of there being a three metre excessive double fence on both aspect of the electrical fence that marked the border between the 2 international locations.

“The introduction of Covid-19 was supposed to handle and alter all that. The announcement by the Department of Public Works (DPWI) and Infrastructure Minister, Patricia de Lille, that repairs totalling R37 million can be effected to 40 kilometres of the border fence, ought to have signalled a brand new period in tackling our nearly non-existent border. It would have ensured that kilometres of fencing stolen for animal kraals across the Beitbridge border space would have been changed and restored,” mentioned the social gathering.

The DA submitted inquiries to De Lille across the appointment of the contractor and the specs of the fence.

In the meantime, the SANDF has been deployed to extend safety measures.

Also learn: PICS: R37 million SA-Zim border fence vandalised, military deployed to patrol

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