DA stung by ANC nepo­tism charge

Observer on Saturday - - News -

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has been rocked by fresh al­le­ga­tions of nepo­tism and ten­der ma­nip­u­la­tion in­volv­ing its Trans­port and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity Com­mis­sioner Melissa White­head.

In a heated meet­ing of the trans­port and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee on Thurs­day, the op­po­si­tion ANC al­leged that White­head was guilty of nepo­tism for hir­ing two friends.

It fur­ther al­leged that White­head was in­volved in un­fairly ad­van­tag­ing a Chi­nese com­pany, BYD, to se­cure a R249 mil­lion ten­der to man­u­fac­ture 11 elec­tric buses. The al­le­ga­tions come af­ter the Sun­day Times pub­lished an ar­ti­cle al­leg­ing that White­head threat­ened and co­erced mem­bers of the city's bid eval­u­a­tion com­mit­tee for the fore­shore free­way precinct to award the ten­der to a par­tic­u­larly en­tity. White­head de­nied the al­le­ga­tions and claimed that the city's em­ploy­ment and ten­der pro­cesses had been fol­lowed. Tem­pers flared be­tween ANC and DA coun­cil­lors dur­ing Thurs­day's meet­ing.

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