Answers wanted on FYL-linked tenders

Johannesburg - The University of Limpopo must explain why two men linked to the Friends of the Youth League (FYL) allegedly benefited from big contracts, the IFP Youth Brigade said on Friday.

"How is it possible that an institute of higher learning can be involved in such corrupt, nepotistic practices?" chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa asked in a statement.

"The University of Limpopo must fully disclose the tender process it followed and the criteria it used in awarding these tenders."

The Mail & Guardian reported that the university had confirmed that it awarded a R27.8m tender in July last year for the conversion of a gymnasium into a laboratory to Collins Foromo.

Foromo was once a driver for expelled African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema.

FYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu has rejected the allegation as a "cheap and lousy claim".

Hlengwa called for the university council's probe into the matter to investigate thoroughly and quickly.

"Our universities must not become pawns in the political arena, serving the self-interest of a few and in the process, sacrificing their political stance in exchange for partisanship."

Questions have been raised about who funds the FYL, an organisation which was formed after Malema was expelled.

The M&G reported that Foromo said he was invited to all FYL rallies, but he denied contributing to the organisation.

The university also awarded Mandla Seopela, one of the founders of the FYL, a three-year lease for dining facilities on campus.

Seopela has been quoted as a spokesperson for the FYL, and works as a speech-writer for Limpopo premier and Malema ally Cassel Mathale, according to the report.

The M&G alleged that the FYL was using the university to fund its activities.

Shivambu denied this.

"This cheap and lousy claim is made because of comrade Mandla Seopela's open and unashamed association with struggles of economic freedom fighters, which he said on various occasions is due to the fact that the leadership of the ANC Youth League... was treated unfairly and should be supported."

Foromo and Seopela "have a right to be economically active and involve themselves in legitimate economic activities", Shivambu said.

He called on the M&G to provide proof that university money was being used to fund FYL programmes.

Dee Bone 2012/09/21 11:16:05 PM
the ANC, expelled or not, is taking the country for a flippin ATM. The looting can only go on because of zn unpatriotic electorate. To them its the ANC first and tough luck if its wrecking our country in the process. They're destroying our country, and themselves as well, in the process. Totally insane.
Caine Abel 2012/09/21 11:35:02 PM
Anc leadership here is the chance to redeem yourselfs somewhat. ?......... Let these dumb clever thugs feel the might of the law for the poor strugling homeless multitudes
Stanton Clarke 2012/09/22 02:17:10 AM
Almost daily taxpayers have to put up with being crammed into buses, trains and taxis. Putting up with high fuel costs, worrying about having enough money to pay the bills, are their kids safe at school and on their way home. These are the people whose hard earned wages pays for such lavish and reckless spending by those who only have their own interest at heart. The freedom fighters of yesteryear are still living in squallor today, their children are being raped and murdered daily looking at the latest Police stats. But no, these bastards are only around when they need you to vote for them. These bastards dont know what hard work is. South Africa, we cant allow ourselves to be robbed by this sorry excuse of a government any longer. The ANC must not, cannot be allowed to be trusted with the well being of South Africans any longer. Anyone but the ANC. Please help us God.
JL Joubert 2012/09/22 03:33:42 AM
A driver gets the money for Malema! Wish I had a few drivers like that.
Coda 2012/09/22 05:38:42 AM
And the poor get poorer thanks to the ANC
Gifted Moyo 2012/09/22 06:18:50 AM
This is incitement by news 24. The impression created here is that once having been a driver for Malema, one can only go down hill in life. Where is the research into the former driver's eligibility or non-eligibility to win a tender of this size? Maybe the man went to night school when he was busy driving Malema and got some qualification, genuinely started a company capable of managing such a project. Then again, MAYBE NOT. News24 is asking us to make a judgement call with barely 5% of relevant information. To win a tender this size the rules require a track record from CIDB etc. Did News24 check this company's credentials with such institutions. Please do that and let us know. News24 journalists and editors are LAZY! They post stories with a lot of unresearched aspects leaving room for assumptions and conjecture. Do they even try to interview the subjects? The only stories where they post "factual" information are court cases where they simply qoute the court proceedings. Note the qoutation marks on factual as people are known to perjure themselves in court. Why do I want more information? I don't want to decide on the basis of assumptions! People from all races, black, white, asian etc have been known to honestly work their way to the top despite difficult circumstances. Lets get all the facts, then decide. By the way couldn't News24 at least have given us the name of the company? Why just the name of the owner? You could be doing business with this company!!!!
Themba Patric Sibande 2012/09/22 06:55:45 AM
Ifp is just like a toothless bulldog,and the youth brigade weak puppies,they just want cheap recognition,boring
Vincent VinSaint 2012/09/22 07:01:57 AM
What about Zuma-linked tenders? Zumaville? Mines? Book supplies, etc? You now charging Juju of incitement? I see a sucka punch in mangaung.
Carlo Gieljoumie 2012/09/22 08:15:33 AM
There must be something in the water in Limpopo these guys are suffering from tenderlites
Bennie Kruger 2012/09/22 08:16:08 AM
Banana anyone?