Hawks Investigate Irregularities and Corruption in SA’s Risk Mitigation IPPP Programme

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  •  DNG Power has requested an extension to the dates of the court hearing in the case that it initiated against the announcement of preferred bidders in South Africa’s risk mitigation independent power producer procurement programme (RMIPPPP) citing irregularities and corruption in the process.
  • This is to give effect to material evidence that will come out of the criminal investigation that is currently being undertaken by the Hawks on the matter.

DNG Power is asking the high court in South Africa to overturn the government’s appointment of preferred bidders for the supply of emergency power in the country’s 2000MW Risk Mitigation Independent Power Procurement Programme Tender (RMIPPPP), claiming the tender process was “grossly and blatantly flawed, corrupt and procedurally unfair”. Read more

Responding to what he labelled the Ministry’s “specious smear” DNG Group Chief Executive Officer Aldworth Mbalati said, “Instead of behaving in a deliberately partisan manner with specious smears against DNG, the Mineral Resources and Energy Department should admit to what is now widely accepted that there were corrupt manoeuvres behind the success of RMIPPPP bids. Evidence I have given to the Hawks demonstrate that. The reason for seeking a postponement to the court proceedings I have initiated is so that the criminal evidence the police are now investigating can be laid before the court. I want a corrupt-free bidding process and I’m confident that is the national interest.” 

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