South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the North-West Province on Sunday dismissed the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) call for an investigation into tender procedures involving murdered businessman Wandile Bozwana and other regular beneficiaries as political opportunism and a shameful afterthought.
“DA leader in the Provincial Legislature, Chris Hattingh’s call is insensitive that the Bozwana family is grieving the loss of their loved one that died under mysterious circumstances that have left our communities and the entire country reeling with shock.
It rings hollow because he has failed to call for the probe into tender awarding while Bozwana was still alive to answer to allegations of impropriety, “SANCO Provincial Chairperson, Paul Sebegoe underscored.
Sebegoe said that the DA, as an opponent of Black Economic Empowerment, is desperate to discredit the ANC government for its political expediency and credit ahead of the 2016 Local Government Elections.
“To the DA, every black businessperson that gets business from government is corrupt therefore squeezing political mileage at their expense even if their death is equally justified, “Sebegoe retorted.
He said that the some of the disagreements between the provincial government and aggrieved business in the province were resolved in competent and impartial courts of law while some are pending for resolution in the Constitutional Court.
“Ignoring that there is a national tender and procurement reform process to rid the awarding of tenders of fraud and corruption by dragging counter allegations to a political process will only serve as a platform for cheap politicking. “Sebegoe added.
He appealed for the Bozwana family to be given the space and respect to mourn the death of their loved one with dignity and to allow the law to take its course.