Thou shalt use Zanele!

AN­GRY GOSPEL AWARDS TEN­DER WIN­NERS TOLD:

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‘ We were cheated out of what was right­fully awarded to us ’

AL­LE­GA­TIONS have been made that Dur­ban so­cialite Zanele Mbokazi-nkambule was awarded the rights to host SABC Crown Gospel Awards un­der ques­tion­able cir­cum­stances.

The rights were al­legedly firstly awarded to Blue Moon and Meropa Com­mu­ni­ca­tions on 15 Au­gust 2007.

How­ever, things changed un­der mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances with Mbokazi-nkambule s sud­den in­volve­ment and the two

’ com­pa­nies that had been awarded the deal lodged an of­fi­cial com­plaint.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments in our pos­ses­sion, the SABC is­sued an in­vi­ta­tion to bid for the ten­der on 26 March 2007. Blue Moon and Meropa sub­mit­ted their joint busi­ness ten­der on May 14 of that year.

The con­sor­tium was short­listed on June 22.

On Au­gust 15, they re­ceived a con­fir­ma­tion let­ter from the broad­caster say­ing that they had won the ten­der.

Shortly af­ter that the SABC told them to work with Mbokazi-nkambule.

At that time, the leader of the win­ning con­sor­tium, Wel­come Msomi, wrote a let­ter to the SABC de­mand­ing to know how Mbokazi-nkambule man­aged to get in­volved with­out sub­mit­ting a ten­der.

In a let­ter to the SABC, Msomi said: This

“is a sub­mis­sion re­gard­ing the flout­ing of the ten­der process when the SABC had re­quested com­pa­nies to pitch for the SABC Gospel Awards. Mer“opa and Blue Moon, af­ter win­ning the ten­der, were sub­se­quently told that Zanele Mbokazi [-Nkambule] had been awarded the busi­ness, even though she did not par­tic­i­pate in the bid­ding process. We were in­formed that we had won the “busi­ness, sub­ject to cer­tain con­di­tions, on July 26 2007 and you con­firmed this in writ­ing to me on Au­gust 15 2007,” says Msomi in the let­ter. He adds: It was there­fore sur

“pris­ing to hear from Zanele Mbokazi [-Nkambule] that she had se­cured the busi­ness to man­age and ex­e­cute the SABC Gospel Awards and she an­nounced in the press on Novem­ber 11 2007 that she was run­ning the SABC Crown Gospel Awards. Ms Mbokazi [-Nkam“bule] went on to say that Dali Mpofu and Mvuzo Mbebe, on be­half of the SABC, had of­fered her a spon­sor­ship worth more than R3m with­out

hav­ing pitched for the ten­der.”

Msomi said in his let­ter that on Oc­to­ber 30 2007 the con­sor­tium asked for a meet­ing with the SABC re­gard­ing the mat­ter.

He also wrote that the SABC then drew up an agree­ment for the con­sor­tium to ac­cept the terms to work with Mbokazi-nkambule.

Meropa and Blue Moon did not want to ac­cept it.

On Jan­uary 25 2008, Msomi said, he wrote a let­ter to the for­mer SABC head of re­li­gion Rev­erend Solly Ma­belane de­clin­ing the of­fer to work with Mbokazi-nkambule.

“We felt cheated and un­der­mined when Zanele was given the job of run­ning the SABC Gospel Awards with­out hav­ing fol­lowed proper pro­ce­dure as stip­u­lated in the SABC pro­cure­ment stan­dards.”

He said Ma­belane had in­di­cated to him that he ’ d re­signed from the broad­caster as he be­lieved the for­mer pre­sen­ter ap­point­ment was clear cor-rup­tion”. Sun­day World has seen the let­ter from the SABC in which the broad­caster states that the con­sor­tium had won the ten­der.

On Fri­day, Msomi told Sun­day World he “was re­ally dis­gusted as we were cheated out of what was right­fully awarded to us ”.

Mpofu says he doesn ’ t want “to com­ment on SABC mat­ters any­more and “I was also not in­volved in ten­der process of the SABC ”.

Mbebe SMSED: Pls re­fer mat­ter to SABC. I can only an­swer on their in­struc­tion.”

mdakaneb@sun­day­world.co.za SMS S1 and your com­ments to 32467. SMSES are R1 each.

Picture by Thuli Dlamini

COUP: Zanele Mbokazi-nkambule was al­legedly foisted on the con­sor­tium that won the Gospel Awards ten­der.

Picture by Elvis Ntombela

DIS­GRUN­TLED: Wel­come Msomi.

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