Ramaphosa says authorities can probe Covid-19 tender corruption

Ramaphosa says authorities can probe Covid-19 tender corruption

- President Cyril Ramaphosa said that he gave his support to law enforcement agencies they probe Covid-19 tenders

- Ramaphosa had said that corruption involving Covid-19 tenders was unconscionable

- He made these statements after a slew of allegations of corrupt tenders being awarded to those close to the ANC

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that he supports law enforcement probing into corrupt Covid-19 tenders.

Briefly.co.za learned that he made the comments during a press briefing on Saturday night and he labelled the corrupt Covid-19 tenders as unconscionable.

Ramaphosa said: "We have empowered our law enforcement to investigate all reports of alleged corruption and irregularities in the procurement of medical and other supplies. It is unconscionable that there are people who may be using this health crisis to unlawfully enrich themselves."

Ramaphosa says authorities can probe Covid-19 tender corruption
Ramaphosa has given his support to law enforcement agencies to prove Covid-19 tenders. Photo credit: Getty Images
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Ramaphosa's statement comes after a slew of scandals have emerged of alleged tender fraud with lucrative contracts being dished out to those close to the ANC according toNews24.

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A report has alleged that President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko and her husband have benefited from the government's multibillion-rand effort to supply Covid-19 personal protective equipment.

Diko's husband, Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko's company Royal Bhaca Projects was handed R125 million in contracts by the Gauteng Department of Health, according to the Sunday Independent.

Another report has uncovered yet another politically connected family scoring big off of the back of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It has been discovered that the sons of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule have secured tenders in the Free State for the procurement of goods and services relating to the crisis.

Additionally, Nomvula Mokonyane's daughter Katleho has managed to score lucrative tenders thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the nation's attention turned to allegations of corruption in connection to the R500 billion relief fund set up to combat the virus in SA, the former minister's daughter was revealed as yet another politically-connected beneficiary.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za recently reported that The Gauteng ANC recently held a special Provincial Executive Council meeting to determine Dr Bandile Masuku's fate.

The decision reached saw the Gauteng Health MEC told to step aside from his post after allegations of tender corruption surfaced against him.

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance has called on Health Minister Zweli Mkhize to go public with all companies that have been awarded contracts with his department.

Shadow Minister of Health Siviwe Gwarube has revealed that the opposition party intends to make a formal request to have the companies and their board of directors revealed:

"The DA will write to Minister Mkhize and submitting Parliamentary questions requesting this information as a matter of urgency. Once this information is made public, we will do our due diligence to ensure that politically connected individuals have not been the chief beneficiaries of these contracts and that, in fact, these services are being provided in the provinces.
"In addition, this is the kind of information that the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) should be considering in looking into corruption relating to all Covid-19 funds as per the President’s proclamation."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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