SIU Probing cases of fraudsters dipping into R500bn Covid-19 fund

SIU Probing cases of fraudsters dipping into R500bn Covid-19 fund

- Looters have already began dipping into the R500 billion Covid-19 relief package funds

- The Special Investigating Unit said it is investigating over 20 cases of fraud and corruption

- The SIU has also noted over 100 cases of unlawfully registered professionals operating during this time

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It hasn't taken long for South Africa's ugly monster - corruption - to rear its face again.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has announced that is investigating multiple allegations of serious maladministration, fraud and corruption related to government's Covid-19 response.

On 21 April, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a R500 billion Covid-19 relief package fund to help ease some financial strains during the pandemic. It appears it's not going where it was meant to go.

Special Investigating Unit head Andy Mothibi

Special Investigating Unit head Andy Mothibi
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News24 reported that to date, 20 allegations of serious maladministration, fraud and corruption have been reported to the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum (HSACF), SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement on Thursday.

Kganyago said these allegations have taken place within the health sector, said Cape Talk.

Kganyago said these allegations deal with a range of issues such as inflating prices and procurement processes not being followed.

He said there are allegations, for example, where personal protective equipment (PPE) was bought and then disappeared. He added that civil actions are being prosecuted. He said:

"The HSACF is interfacing with various stakeholders to combat Covid-19 fraud. There are currently 45 health sector related cases that are at an advance stage of investigation by the Directorate for Priority Crime and Investigations.
"Fifteen of those cases are on the court roll, five cases are pending decisions while 25 are pending investigations by DPCI. The total number of these 45 cases amounts to more than R3 billion."

Kganyago added that they have also focused on over 100 cases of unlawfully registered professionals practising illegally in the midst of the pandemic.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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