Company that failed SA troops gets 91 tenders - report

Johannesburg - The company that reportedly failed South African troops in Bangui, in the Central African Republic last year, has since secured 91 tenders worth R209m, the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday.

A tender list compiled for its investigative unit amaBhungane shows that between last April and this June, the aircraft brokering company Y&P Logistics received contracts from the SA National Defence Force allegedly three times the combined value of business granted to seven other approved bidders.

The newspaper reported that during the battle of Bangui in March last year, Y&P Logistics failed to supply an aircraft on time to deliver vital equipment needed by troops on the ground.

Deadly ambush

Thirteen South African soldiers were killed and 27 wounded when they were ambushed by rebels in the CAR.

The M&G reported that a senior officer intervened to cancel an emergency contract operations staff had negotiated with a company that had an aircraft available immediately. Y&P, on the preferred suppliers' list, had already said it could not help.

Staff were instructed to try Y&P again and they then said they could deliver the aircraft for the transport of support equipment, including armoured vehicles, to Bangui.

The company which was cancelled still had to be paid for being on standby.

Y&P delivered the aircraft days later than it said it would, while soldiers waited at Bangui airport.

Y&P spokesperson James Duncan denied the allegations as "extremely unfair, unsubstantiated and defamatory" and said the company would institute action against the M&G if it published the allegations.

Mandy Pepler 2014-08-29 09:17:22 AM
Friends of Nr 1 Corrupt president
Modisane Edwin Motaung 2014-08-29 09:21:14 AM
I hope is not a politicaly connected tenders and who owns the company.
Bruwer 2014-08-29 09:21:40 AM
Every day is Groundhog day with this goverment
Justin Van Der Merwe 2014-08-29 09:23:32 AM
More corruption, proudly brought to you by the ANC
Kevin Marsh 2014-08-29 09:24:41 AM
What is the equipment called - the backhander.
Venicia Williams 2014-08-29 09:26:16 AM
Drexlar Miutente 2014-08-29 09:29:05 AM
Wonder how much did the ANC bigwigs get in kickbacks????
Eric Torr 2014-08-29 09:30:15 AM
What exactly were our troops doing there? Guarding mines for Zuma (I have proof of this!!!!!).
Archie Dempster 2014-08-29 09:32:46 AM
Totally disgusting this is the type of contractors we don't need
Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto 2014-08-29 09:39:04 AM
The definition of Corruption should b changed to ANC