- State attorneys allegedly worked in cooperation with private law firms to defraud the state of R80 billion to date
- The attorneys are believed to have mismanaged cases to have the outcomes they desired
- The Health Department alone paid out R60 million in cases where it wasn't necessary
Private law firms and state lawyers are accused of deliberately messing up cases and defrauding the state of about R80 billion to date.
The Special Investigating Unit is looking into the allegations against the attorneys.
BusinessLIVE reports the state opened criminal cases against all of those believed to be involved in the fraud.
According to Justice Minister Michael Masutha and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi corruption is so common since 2013 that the Department of Health on its own paid out R60 billion in malpractice cases that should have been defended.
Minister Motsoaledi stated he intervened with a recent case where the Health Department was being sued for an amount of R70 million for a botched circumcision. The case was suspicious because of the extravagant amount being asked for.
When Motsoaledi approached the MEC she wasn't even aware of the case. After close examination, it was revealed that no circumcision took place in the first place. The man was sick and the hospital healed him.
This is only one example of the rampant fraud and corruption costing taxpayers millions every year.
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