25 Government Officials Implicated in PPE Tender Fraud

Written by on 5 February, 2021

By: Lindelani Mbatha

Special Investigating Unit (SIU) Head Advocate, Andy Mothibi, says political pressure played a role in the awarding of Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPE) tenders to particular companies.

Mothibi has been briefing media on the outcomes of a nationwide probe into PPE procurement fraud.

More than 180 procurement corruption allegations were reported to the SIU and in that, 25 officials have been implicated in tender irregularities worth millions of rand.

He says they will take all steps necessary to ensure that losses suffered by the State due to irregularities, corruption and maladministration are recovered and paid back to the state.

“We therefore have to ensure that the responsible officials and private sector parties identified should be harshly punished and a clear message be sent out to the would be maladninstrators and the corrupt that action will be taken against them,” explains Mothibi

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The SIU will present to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services, Select Committee on Public Accounts and other relevant Parliamentary Committees.

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