She said the extension of the tender was despite the findings of a forensic investigation by Ernst & Young‚ which Pikitup had appointed to conduct investigations into companies providing services to the entity.
“Pikitup failed to comply with Regulation 3 of the Preferential Procurement Regulations‚ 2011‚ which requires that an organ of state must‚ prior to extending tender invitations‚ accurately estimate the costs for the provision of the required services‚” Mkhwebane found.
The Pikitup report was one of several released by Mkhwebane’s office on Wednesday.
The Public Protector also found that the appointment by Nair of nine employees was improper and irregular. However‚ the Public Protector said the allegations that Nair irregularly removed black employees from critical positions and replaced them with Indian employees were not substantiated.
She also found that Pikitup irregularly appointed three consultants without following proper supply chain management processes.
In her remedial action‚ Mkhwebane said that‚ within 60 days of her report‚ the chairperson of the Pikitup board must ensure that disciplinary steps were taken against all implicated officials who‚ together with Nair‚ had flouted Pikitup’s recruitment and selection policies.