South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has recently given the green light to the Specialised Investigation Unit (SIU) to probe the controversial Edwin Sodi’s R290 million Rooiwal Wastewater treatment plant tender. This tender, awarded to businessman Edwin Sodi’s companies NJR Projects and Blackhead Consulting, has raised allegations of irregularities within the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, as reported by ZiMoja.
Edwin Sodi Accused of Irregularly Securing the R290 Million Tender
In response to the City of Tshwane’s intention to blacklist Edwin Sodi’s NJR Projects and Blackhead Consulting due to the project’s failure, Sodi’s legal team issued a statement. The letter stated, “The project’s failure was a result of the fraudulent conduct of Mr. R Schoeman, a director of CMS Water Engineering. This fraud led NJR to file criminal charges with the SAPS, resulting in Mr. Schoeman’s arrest and subsequent fraud charges.”
Rudolf Schoeman, Sodi’s late partner in the joint venture with CMS Water Engineering, was found deceased in March at his Bryanston residence, according to SowetanLIVE. While the death certificate cites natural causes, suspicions of foul play have arisen due to severe injuries on Mr. Schoeman’s face.
Controversies Surrounding the Late Businessman and His Partner
Prior to his demise, Rudolf Schoeman was embroiled in several controversial tender scandals. In 2019, allegations surfaced that Schoeman had cut corners and secured fraudulent appointments, bypassing procurement regulations in the upgrading and extension of Bospoort water treatment works in Rustenburg, with a tender valued at R85 million.
Shortly after, Sodi’s companies, NJR Projects and Blackhead Consulting, along with CMS, were awarded a joint venture worth slightly over R290 million.