And in other blatantly dodgy government news…the Free State government has paid a web design company R140 million to design its website. A website that runs on a WordPress theme that costs just $40. The Sowetan reported yesterday that Premier Magashule awarded a 3 year contract to businessman Tumi Ntsele to build the most expensive website in the history of South Africa. The company was awarded the tender even though two other companies submitted significantly lower bids.
Oh and what does this R140 million website look like. Is it state of the art, can it make coffee or make you poo gold just by clicking on it?
Nope. It is run of the mill WordPress themed and has only featured 5 new articles in the past 3 months.
Oh and the company responsible for creating the website, Cherry Online Design, doesn’t even have it’s own website. Awarded a R140 million contract and doesn’t bother to spend a cent on making it’s own website.
Sorry i can’t hear you over how corrupt this sh*t is.
The Democratic Alliance yesterday released the following statement asking for an investigation.
“The DA has asked the Auditor General to investigate Premier Ace Magashule’s abuse of R140 million for a Free State government website.
This follows a Sowetan exposé that Premier Magashule awarded a contract to businessman Tumi Ntsele to build the most expensive website in the history of South Africa.
The channelling of millions of public funds into propaganda projects is bigger than just this website, the DA recently revealed.
Premier Magashule is running a campaign to buy media influence and enriching his comrades in business at the same time.
The DA recently revealed how Premier Magashule spent R12 million on his own television channel in the last financial year.
The contract for Hlasela TV was awarded to the same person as the website tender, Mr Ntsele, a politically-connected businessman.
Mr Ntsele’s Letlaka Group also runs The Weekly newspaper which has long been propped up by Free State government funding, just like the New Age.
The DA previously revealed that the Premier’s Office is planning to roll-out a further 3 new propaganda newspapers in the Free State using public funds.
It is unacceptable that public funds are being used to prop up the image of a failing Premier while basic service delivery collapses in the Free State.
The DA will continue to campaign for the cancellation of these propaganda projects and for all irregularities to be investigated.”
Seriously…R140 million for a website. That’s just taking the piss now isn’t it.