A criminal corruption investigation will be conducted after Chinese electric bus company BYD paid for accommodation and meals and a high-speed train ride for City of Cape Town (CoCT) transport officials on a trip to China – a year before the company was awarded a tender for a pilot project as a “sole provider”.
This trip was in August 2015, but the project was put out to tender in February 2016.
In August 2016, the tender was awarded to BYD.
Part of the deal with BYD was that they would build a plant in Atlantis, but this has thus far not materialised.
After the Cape Town City council adopted the report in a dramatic council meeting on Thursday, criminal investigations will be instituted against Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, Mayco member for transport Brett Herron and City officials, including suspended transport and urban development authority commissioner Melissa Whitehead.
De Lille is however not directly implicated in the BYD affair, although there are allegations that she protected Whitehead.
De Lille informally met an official from BYD, but told Bowmans she did not remember the conversation.