AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE FOR DEBARMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA: AN ANALYSIS OF THE DEBARMENT PROVISIONS IN THE 2019 DRAFT PUBLIC PROCUREMENT BILL

Sope Williams-Elegbe

Abstract


This paper examines the debarment provisions of the 2019 draft public procurement bill. It will be seen that whilst the bill creates a new debarment system that will be implemented by the proposed Office of the Public Procurement Regulator, the provisions of the bill are unclear and may create several problems in practice. Some of these problems will arise from the expansive list of offences that will lead to debarment in the draft bill, the mandatory nature of debarment in the draft bill, the lack of clarity on the debarment process and the proposed centralisation of debarment. It is hoped that some of these issues will be addressed during the public consultation process on the bill.

Keywords


debarment; public procurement

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14803/7-1-31

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