ANC urges SIU to expedite probe of the 102 rogue companies that attempted to fleece Gauteng

ANC urges SIU to expedite probe of the 102 rogue firms that tried to fleece Gauteng

By Baldwin Ndaba 14h agoShare this text:ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShareJohannesburg – The ANC in Gauteng has lambasted rogue and fly-by-night corporations that attempted to fleece billions from the provincial authorities by demanding to be paid with out delivering protecting tools to the Well being Division.This was the outrage expressed by the ANC Gauteng provincial secretary Jacob Khawe in his plea to the Particular Investigating Unit (SIU) to hurry up its investigation towards 102 corporations that will have tried to defraud the Gauteng authorities.“Allegations which have since surfaced about questionable quantities paid to corporations alleged to not have met the minimal necessities to first do enterprise with the federal government and a few scoring contracts to supply private protecting tools when they aren’t within the enterprise of medical tools provide can’t be taken evenly,” Khawe stated.He added his get together had rejected the opportunistic behaviour of corporations that had by no means equipped even a pen or any well being tools to the Gauteng Division of Well being however abruptly emerged claiming they had been owed, saying the provincial authorities ought to train vigilance and defend the general public purse.Premier David Makhura, regardless of agreeing along with his get together’s sentiments, stated it might be untimely at this stage to call the businesses.Makhura yesterday was adamant that the forensic investigation by the SIU would reveal the rogues to permit all “corrupt people to go to jail”.He vowed to behave towards all well being division officers who masterminded the alleged fraud and corruption.The premier remained steadfast in his place whereas going through a barrage of questions on Andile Ramaphosa – the son of President Cyril Ramaphosa – being one of many recipients of the tenders from Gauteng well being division.The inquiries to Makhura adopted reviews that Andile’s firm was awarded (a) R6million (tender) to provide protecting tools to taxis within the province.Andile has since denied involvement within the allegations towards him.Makhura stated it was untimely to present particulars, however the rot was deep and severe.In accordance with Makhura, bother started when the Nationwide Treasury issued a round that the procurement of protecting tools must be centralised within the Gauteng Well being Division.“On account of the round, sure officers distributed buy orders to numerous corporations for them to acquire the tools. It doesn’t imply that the quantities that are reported within the media had been truly paid to the businesses.“It grew to become a possibility for abuse. Their opportunistic behaviour has profoundly eroded the general public confidence within the authorities I lead. It has undermined the large work performed by healthcare employees to struggle the Covid-19 pandemic,” Makhura stated.Regardless of putting Well being MEC Bandile Masuku on particular depart for 4 weeks, Makhura mockingly stated Masuku and his head of division Dr Mkhululi Lukhele had been instrumental in reporting the unlawful acts.He, nonetheless, stated the Gauteng Treasury alerted him to the abuse of the procurement processes within the division following their preliminary audit report.Makhura stated the Gauteng Audit Companies red-flagged a number of corporations that had been awarded tenders with out being within the authorities database.He stated its intervention led to the cancellation of all of the contracts and his authorities managed to save lots of R1billion from abuse.Masuku’s placement on depart, nonetheless, adopted a Sunday Impartial report which acknowledged that he was allegedly concerned within the award of a R125m tender to provide protecting tools to Royal Bhaca Venture – a year-old firm wholly owned by Amabhaca King, Madzikane 11 Thandisizwe Diko – the husband to Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko. The Masukus and Dikos are shut household pals.Khawe stated the ANC particular PEC welcomed Diko’s determination to take depart of absence from her authorities duties as presidential spokesperson.He stated the ANC additional resolved that Masuku also needs to take depart of absence as MEC and his spouse Loyiso Masuku who’s deployed because the Metropolis of Joburg’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Group Company and Shared Companies also needs to take depart of absence.“The taking of depart of absence by the three comrades from their official duties is consistent with the resolutions of the 13th Provincial Convention and the 54th Nationwide Convention and is an indication of their unwavering dedication to position the ANC and the folks of Gauteng first,” Khawe stated.Political Bureau

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