The Democratic Alliance (DA) requested a probe into the procurement processes of the government sponsored Set-top-boxes. The DA’s MP and telecoms and postal services shadow minister, Marian Shinn, wants to shed light on the dark spots revolving around STBs procurement within South Africa.
According to Shinn, the DA has once again written to, the public protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s office requesting to proceed without further delay the investigation of the process undertaken to procure government-subsidised STBs – a key component of the broadcast digital migration (BDM) process. Government has committed to supply five million subsidised STBs to qualifying South African households. The procurement process of these digital migration decoders has continued to be marred by legal battles, bribery and corruption allegations.
The Hawks raided 13 of the 26 firms involved in the STB tender, following a 10-month investigation by the Competition Commission into collusion in the process. Shinn believes the latest revelations, in conjunction with a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) investigation into the STB tender process, clearly indicate serious procurement irregularities or criminal acts have been committed and must be acted upon.