A supply of personal protective equipment has been discovered floating in a river, which passes through Irene Country Club in Centurion, Gauteng.
The discovery, which comes amid allegations of irregularities and tender corruption related to the supply of PPE in the province. Gauteng acting Health MEC, Jacob Mamabolo says a criminal case has been opened.
Mamabolo says the country is already facing a shortage of protective gear meant to safeguard healthcare workers and concerned over the irresponsible act. Mamabolo says investigations are underway. “We are confident that we should be able to track and fully trace the origin of the material and it should lead us to the process it has gone through and to that extent, we will be able to await the outcome of the investigation.
“Any member of the public will do us well if they were to talk to the police about the information they have in case they do to that extent we really condemn this very bad incident that has happened,” Mambolo explains.
Meanwhile, Gauteng premier David Makhura says Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) tender scandals have greatly embarrassed the provincial government.
Makhura was addressing the media on Thursday about the allegations levelled against leaders of the province’s health department in recent weeks
This comes after a company owned by Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko’s husband, King Madzikane Thandisizwe Diko II, was allegedly awarded a R125 million tender irregularly. , Khusela has taken a leave of absence pending the outcome of the investigation into the awarding of the tender to provide PPE to the Gauteng government
According to reports, Madzikane’s company, Royal Bhaca Projects (RB) received contract just days after Ramaphosa announced a nationwide lockdown.
Ramaphosa has also spoken against those who have benefited unduly from government tenders. He said they must be prosecuted.
The Diko’s have since released a statement denying the allegations. They have denied being involved in any corruption relating to a controversial Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) tender. They maintain that the R125 million contract to Royal Bhaca Projects was above board and no laws were broken.