15 October 2020
Office of the Honorable President
His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphoza.
REQUEST FOR INTERVENTION ON SIU CONDUCT
Greetings from the Home of Legends; Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Alfred Nzo, Chris Hani, Winnie Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Dr AB Xuma to name a few – the province of the Eastern Cape, and we hereby wish to request your intervention as a result of the following:
- This communication is as a result of 359 Eastern Cape SMME’s of formally
disadvantaged citizens, 359 entrepreneurs.
- The Eastern Cape is among the poorest provinces in SA. The Eastern Cape has a population of 6,562 million SA citizens with an unemployment rate of 48.9% in the first quarter of 2020 – a massive 29.1% increase from the same period last year. This was exasperated further by the lockdown due to COVID 19 pandemic, the effects of which are still to be determined.
- On the 21st May 2020, EC Department of Health closed tenderSCMU3-20/21-004/H0 for the procurement of PPE material to the value ofR150M. The tender was purportedly for the support and empowerment of the Small Businesses of the EC. It is with dismay and shock that we learnt that the tender was awarded to a measly 5 companies and the remaining 600 companies were disqualified with a common reason being an absence of proof of residence. How ironic that 600 seasoned businesses with a substantial number of years of experience would omit a crucial qualifier in the same manner. We have noted, with great concern, that some companies from Johannesburg have been preferred for this project over our local
- The matter has been addressed with the relevant MEC Gomba on the following dates 16 September 2020 and 04 October 2020. Attached herein is a letter in which she states that she has initiated a process responding to our query. To that end, she indicated that she had set up a due diligence process to equip herself with sufficient information and evidence to afford us a comprehensive report back. See the letter from the MEC – Health marked “ECBF1”.
- We are once again disheartened by a letter from Advocate Motibi representing Siu that the Office of the MEC must stop any further investigation into the matter and allow SIU to continue with its investigation. This does not take into account that we are entitled to a response from MEC as not only SA voters and concerned citizens, but also EC SMME’s – the very people this tender was supposed to benefit. See attached letter from SIU marked “ECBF2”.
- It is our democratic right to know why the governing party in EC is rejecting growing our emerging economy while favoring bigger provinces and Metros. If we cannot do business in the EC, THEN WHERE ELSE? It is our submission that it is unlikely that over 360 companies failed to submit proofs of address, whereas CSD was founded for that very purpose. See our letter marked “ECBF3”.
- It is with this background that we now approach the Highest office in the land. As the citizenry of the EC, we demand to be heard. We demand fairness and equality before the eyes of the EC government.
- Mr. President, we cannot, nor will we, stand idly by while the livelihoods of our people are being taken away by the powers that be. How shall we create a better and inclusive South Africa when the politicians are no longer accountable to the voters of SA?
We are vehemently opposed to the instructive conduct of SIU to the Executive Authority of Government of the Eastern Cape, especially when the MEC and the Premier are addressing issues of improper and administrative unfairness by the civil servants towards our local SMME’s. All we are expecting is the collaboration of efforts by SIU and the Office of the MEC of Health in eradicating and combating corruption in this regard
We are hoping that you will find this in order.
Minister of COGTA
Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
Minister of Health
Dr. Zweli Mkhize
Minister of Treasury
Mr. Tito Mboweni