DA stung by ANC nepotism charge
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.