- David Makhura has called for those responsible for corruption in his province to face jail time
- The Gauteng Premier's comment comes at a time when his government is facing allegations of Covid-19 tender corruption
- Makhura says that the region needs public officials, hinting that those who are 'in business' aren't welcome
David Makhura says he wants those found to be responsible for corruption in his domain to face jail time.
The Gauteng Premier's comments were made during a sitting of the provincial legislature while he answered questions in relation to allegations of corruption relating to Covid-19 funds.
Makhura signalled the need for officials dedicated to the public they serve, not business interests:
"We want people who are public officials. Those who are in business must be held accountable. This doesn't seem like something that just happened. It's like there was a proper plan designed to ensure that rules are not followed."
The Premier highlighted that corruption is colour-blind, saying that people should stop assuming that tenders dished out to black businesses were awarded in an illegal manner.
The province has been hit by a number of scandals relating to Covid-19 relief tenders in recent times with promises of a thorough investigation into contracts dished out by the regional government.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku had found himself front and centre in the controversy. His department had awarded R125 million in personal protective equipment tenders to Royal Bhaca Projects, owned by close friends.
Masuku has since stepped aside in order to deal with investigations into the tender process, denying that he used his influence in the department to sway the outcome in his friend's favour.
Masuku's lawyers are confident that the investigations relating to Covid-19 procurement process in his department will clear his name:
“Our client condemns the conduct of officials who may have used his name to award tenders in the department and looks forward to the legal process currently under way by the SIU, which will eventually clear his name."
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