Greater Tzaneen EFF councillor believed to be involved in a tender scandal Manipulation

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Thabo Monyela

TZANEEN- The Economic Freedom Fighters executive member in Greater Tzaneen Municipality was implicated in receiving a bribe to manipulate tender processes.

The Greater Tzaneen Municipality EFF councillor and member of the Provincial Command Team Dumisani Malemela allegedly received R10 000 and promised a Zimbabwean-headed family from Gauteng a tender kickback in the municipality.

According to our authoritative sources, Malemela met with this family on Thursday, two weeks back at Highgrove in Tzaneen, where a R10 000 fee was sent to him using his relative’s (MR Malemela) Capitec account, in return for a tender kickback. 

The publication uncovered that the meeting between the EFF councillor and the family was arranged by a controversial Zimbabwean national who used to work at GTM traffic centre, before being expelled for fraud-related activities.  

The former GTM Zimbabwean national employee, named Paul accompanied his countryman and South African Wife (Thandi) to meet with Malemela, where a grade 6 tender deal was allegedly agreed to be manipulated in favour of the couple for R10 000. 

It is believed that the deal fell out when Malemela allegedly told the family to apply for a higher tender, which came with another bribery fee instead of the agreed grade 6, which they don’t qualify for after they paid him for a grade 6 tender after they agreed in Tzaneen Highgrove. 

According to the WhatsApp conversations which the publication has seen, Thandi, the South African wife to Paul’s countryman started to demand their money back from ‘D’ referring to Dumisani Malemela after he told them to apply for a higher tender grade.

“We told you we have grade 6 and you want us to apply for a job with a higher grade. It’s your game I guess, it’s ok. I will send you my account number I need my money back before the end of the day” Thandi wrote to ‘D’

When called for comments, Thandi confirmed to us that she met with Dumisani Malemela together with Paul in Tzaneen, however, she then became reluctant to respond to our questions citing: 

‘You want to get me killed, what will I do, I have no connections. am sure he’s used to taking people’s money and getting away with it. 

While EFF councillor Malemela also confirmed to have met with Paul at Highgrove, however, denied that the R10 000 sent by Thandi to his relative’s bank account was for tender process manipulations. 

“Yes I can confirm that R10 000 was sent to my relative’s account on the day by those people, but it was not for tender manipulations, Paul was paying back the money I once loaned him and I don’t know why he used their money to pay me back,” Malemela said. 

When asked why the money was transferred to his relative’s Capitec account instead of his, Malemela said he needed cash. 

Malemela’s name was also mentioned in the recent auditor’s report for GTM’s irregular appointment of service providers, wherein a company called Mhavasi Holdings was awarded a tender worth R29 722.80 for consultants and the service provider was flagged as Malemela’s relative or associate.  

   

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