Call for probe into monkey business over baboon deal
THE PUBLIC Protector has been asked to investigate the awarding of a R2 million, six-month contract for baboon monitoring services in the souther n Peninsula.
City of Cape Town and CapeNature officials have been accused of abusing their positions of trust in the Baboon Management Team and of improperly managing the bidding process.
Jenni Trethowan’s organisation, Baboon Matters, had been managing the monitoring programme for more than a decade.
It was then sidelined by the city, which gave the contract to Dean Ferreira of the Nature Conservation Corporation.
But Ferreira was told to lower his price because his bid was so high he was going to be disqualified
The complaint has been sent to the Public Protector by Michael McMahon, a semiretired businessman, and Cape of Good Hope SPCA head Allan Perrins.
Stephen Granger, manager of strategic projects in the environmental resource management department, said in a recent statement that two internal investigations by the city had found no proof of unfair or corrupt practice tainting the process.
Kgalalelo Masibi spokesman for the Office of the Public Protector said the matter was being assessed to establish whether it fell within the jurisdiction of the Public Protector to investigate.