ActionSA toasts launch of SIU probe into Sodi’s R295m tender

The ActionSA in Gauteng is celebrating victory after the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) initiated a probe into corrupt Rooiwal treatment plant tender

The party welcomed the official launch of the investigation into the controversial R295-million tender awarded to businessman Edwin Sodi.

Funzi Ngobeni, the party’s chairperson in Gauteng, expressed his satisfaction with the development, stating that the proclamation brings hope that justice will prevail.

“The Tshwane municipality has turned a blind eye for nearly two decades as citizens struggled to access clean and consumable water, subjecting them to hardship and horrible living conditions,” said Ngobeni.

“Based on the evidence gathered in the inquiry commissioned in 2021, it was suggested that the tender was corruptly awarded to two companies owned by Sodi, who was inexperienced and unqualified to lead the refurbishment of phase one of the Rooiwal wastewater treatment works.”

The SIU and Special Tribunals Act stipulates that allegations of this nature must be thoroughly investigated, and civil proceedings stemming from these investigations must be adjudicated upon.

Ngobeni emphasised that the proclamation obligates the SIU to delve into all allegations of irregular conduct and ensure justice prevails.

It also obligates that all the people who are responsible for corruption and maladministration must be held accountable.

“We welcome this proclamation, as it will hold all those linked to corruption cases in Tshwane and guilty of offences such as maladministration, the intentional loss of public money, and improper conduct that have caused harm to the public’s interests accountable,” he said.

In July, the media reported that Sodi blamed his late partner in the Rooiwal wastewater treatment plant tender, saying the completion of the project failed due to the director’s fraudulent conduct.

Sodi was responding to a notice of intention by the City of Tshwane to blacklist his companies NJR Projects and Blackhead Consulting over the failed project.


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