Premier David Makhura said that his department received information from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU). He said that the SIU flagged two officials, who allegedly enabled and facilitated procurement corruption.
One has since resigned, while the other official was suspended with immediate effect on Friday.
The Sunday Times meanwhile, reported that supply chain chief director Thandi Pino and the health department’s former chief financial officer, Kabelo Lehloenya were named by the SIU as being allegedly behind the irregular awarding PPE contracts.
One of these contracts was reportedly worth R125 million and was allocated to Thandisizwe Diko, the husband of president Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko.
Khusela Diko has since taken leave while the matter is investigated, while health MEC Bandile Masuku has also been placed on leave – reportedly due to fears that his wife’s friendship with the spokesperson could have had an influence over the awarding of the contract.
According to Business Tech, a presentation has been prepared for premier Makhura by the provincial treasury’s audit services which reportedly reveals the following:
- 5 million was paid to companies that did not supply any goods.
- R5 million was paid to companies to deliver PPE even though the department had no contracts with them.
- R12 million worth of goods were delivered before the issue of purchase orders.
- R82 million worth of goods were ordered from companies that were not registered with the Treasury’s central supplier database.
- R239 million worth of goods and services were ordered from companies that were not tax-compliant and whose bank accounts had not been verified.
But Makhura has also been placed under the spotlight for PPE corruption.
According to The Citizen, Makhura has threatened to take legal action against anyone claiming on social media that he was involved in alleged PPE tender corruption.
This comes after Makhura was made aware of social media posts where it was claimed that his wife and an alleged girlfriend, scored PPE tenders.
In a statement on Monday, Makhura dismissed the posts as fake news and lies and vowed to hunt down those responsible for generating and spreading it on social media.
Sources: BusinessTech, The Citizen
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