South Africa Western Cape Contract ‘Unlawful’, Sunday Times Says

South Africa’s Western Cape province should cancel a communications contract because the participation of adviser’s to the main opposition leader Helen Zille in the awarding process was “unlawful,” the Sunday Times said, citing a report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Advisers to Zille, who governs the Western Cape, were appointed to the committee which awarded the tender to develop a branding strategy for the province to advertising agency TBWA Hunt Lascaris, the Johannesburg-based newspaper reported.

Zak Mbhele, a spokesman for Zille, said in a phone interview to Bloomberg News he will issue an e-mailed response to the report later today.

To contact the reporter on this story: Franz Wild in Johannesburg at fwild@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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