My Vote Counts (MVC) notes the recent reports that the Gupta family, via its company Tegeta Exploration and Resources had managed to procure a contract to supply coal to ESKOM for a period of 10 years. This happened despite serious concerns regarding the poor quality of the coal being produced.  Employees within Eskom who raised the alarm regarding quality control of coal were suspended.

It is not the first time the Guptas have been at the centre of tender scandals. ‘One now draws the inevitable conclusion that the close relationship between President Zuma and the Gupta family, is influencing procurement processes in a manner which undermines the delivery of services to the South African public’, said Judith February, campaign co-ordinator of MVC.

‘In addition, the Guptas have admitted to the funding of  political parties, including the ANC. We have to ask ourselves therefore whether the awarding of government tenders to the Gupta-owned companies- even where they are delivering sub-standard products- is linked to political donations in any way?’, asked February.

My Vote Counts demands transparency regarding the funding of political parties to ensure that citizens are able to ‘follow the money’ and expose the toxic relationship between money and the political process, where it exists and contaminates tender processes in particular.

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For further comment, please contact Judith February : 083 453 9817