- President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a committee to probe allegations of corruption relating to the Covid-19 pandemic
- Ramaphosa has tasked a number of ministers with investigating relief funding with Justice Minister Ronald Lamola heading the team
- The president further revealed that the final report will be released to the public upon its completion
President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a committee to handle allegations of corruption relating to the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
This committee will be chaired by Justice Minister Ronald Lamola and will deal with all allegations of graft concerning procurement of Personal Protective Equipment and other state responses to the crisis.
Lamola will be joined by Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, Police Minister Bheki Cele, Public Service Minister Senzo Mchunu and COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
In a letter addressed to SA's ministers, Ramaphosa requested full cooperation in rooting out irregularities in the procurement of emergency relief:
"In this regard, I request your full cooperation in providing all information related to names of companies and amounts of tenders and contracts that have been awarded in your respective departments (and entities) during the period of Covid-19 and National State of Disaster."
The president has demanded that these lists should be handed over to the committee this week, following which a 'comprehensive report' will be compiled.
In a surprise twist, Ramaphosa said that this report will then be released to the public in an apparent bid to be transparent over who financially benefited from Covid-19 tenders. Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association has signalled its anger over the 'wanton acts of looting and corruption that characterise the abuse of Covid-19' funds.
Spokesperson Carl Niehaus dubbed it 'prime evil' to steal from the vulnerable at this critical time in favour of enriching corrupt politicians:
"We ask ourselves what besets ANC councillors to literally steal food parcels meant for the poorest of the poor, and hoard them at their houses. This is prime evil, and they should be exposed and harshly dealt with!"
Niehaus is adamant that the time to simply voice displeasure over corruption within the ranks of the ANC is over and that the time for action has come:
"As for us in MKMVA we are sick and tired of such nonsense! Courage is now needed by those comrades among us who are still truly committed to our full liberation ideals, and care for the people of our country, to stand up and be counted."
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