South African National Roads Agency LimitedÂ (Sanral) CEOÂ Nazir AlliÂ this week confirmed that Sanral remained firm in its intent to seek restitution from the localÂ constructionÂ industry for collusion on a number ofÂ roadÂ projects, although the form of this restitution was â€œstill to be discussedâ€.
â€œWe will not leave it. We will pursue the matter.â€
Alli emphasised that theÂ constructionÂ industry must acknowledge that what it had done was wrong, and that some form of restitution must be put in place.
He acknowledged, however, that it was proving a difficult process to precisely quantify the damages Sanral suffered through the process of collusive tendering.
Following a voluntary fast-track settlement process initiated by the Competition Commission, 15 companies were in 2013 collectively finedÂ R1.46-billion for collusive tendering on 140Â projectsÂ valued at R47-billion.
By the beginning of March this year the Competition Tribunal had issued more than 150 certificates to a number of bodies, including Sanral, to enable civil claims againstconstructionÂ companies that had admitted to collusion in this process.
Alli said it was left to theÂ constructionÂ industry to show how the matter could be redressed, since its members were to blame for â€œbreaching the trustâ€ between government and the industry.
â€œHow do you build trust again?â€
â€œOur door is open. We will not forsake the industry,â€ he noted, however.
Alli said there was an implicit trust present in the procurement process of any design, product orÂ project, and that there had been â€œa deadly silence on this breach of trust from most of us.â€
â€œWe put our own professions at risk when we try and make a quick buck,â€ he added, commenting on the generalÂ constructionenvironment. â€œWe have to show each other a little bit more mutual respect. We are not asking anyone not to make a profit, but it has to be a fair profit.â€
Alli spoke at the Civilution conference held in Ekurhuleni.