Joburg cancels fire engines contract amid corruption allegations

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The City of Johannesburg has cancelled a contract for the provision of fire engines worth R161 million because of corruption.

It has emerged that the multi-million rand contract was entered into on a basis of forged documents.

The contractor allegedly also failed to deliver 29 new fire engines as per the contract.

Luyanda Mfeka of the City of Joburg says due to corrupt dealings, the provision of proper emergency services has been compromised.

She says the decision driving the appointment of the contractor was a result of forged documents which the city is now currently investigating.

“Adding to that, the contractor has been unable to meet certain key requirements which are part of the contract, some of which include the delivery of fire engines but also the provision of a guarantee worth about R15 million,” says Mfeka.