South African Airways (SAA) awarded a five-year contract to a foreign-owned company which not only falsified its credentials but knowingly used blacks as fronts, the Sunday Independent reported on Sunday.
It is alleged in the report that senior executives at SAA played their part, manipulating the bidding process to ensure that the lucrative warehousing and logistics contract went to a company called Bollore Africa Logistics SA.
“Despite engaging in misleading tender practices relating to fronting, misrepresenting its capacity and infrastructure and failing to submit critical documents including financial statements, Bollore Africa Logistics SA was awarded a contract for logistics and warehousing in May last year by SAAT, a technical and maintenance division of SAA,” the Sunday Independent wrote.
The Sunday newspaper also revealed that in their investigations into the mess it has transpired that Bollore sent a letter to SAA on June 20 stating that it wishes to withdraw its interest in the contract, this after the release last month of a “damning forensic audit report compiled by Open Water Advanced Risk Solutions which also implicated senior officials at SAA in manipulating the bidding process”.
“According to the report, some senior SAAT managers went as far as extending the bid closing date multiple times, solely for the purpose of accommodating Bollore. One of the officials implicated is SAAT’s senior manager Cassie le Roux, who was a member of the cross-functional support team (CSFT) during the bidding process.
“The report found Le Roux was conflicted in that specific tender because his daughter was employed by Bollore. The report also found Le Roux also continually communicated with Bollore managing director Arend du Preez,” wrote Sunday Independent.
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