Covid-19 update: MEC to face tribunal over failed R10m scooter project

Covid-19 update: MEC to face tribunal over failed R10m scooter project

Yet another MEC has been taken on over the controversial Covid-19 scooter ambulance saga. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the continued battle against the pandemic in SA.

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MEC Sindiswa Gomba is facing some trouble over the project to use scooters as mobile clinics during the pandemic.

The Eastern Cape health boss has been taken to task after financial irregularities in the R10 million project emerged.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:

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The MEC is set to explain herself at a SIU tribunal. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
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1. MEC to face tribunal over failed scooter project

The R10 million project to use 100 scooters as mobile clinics during the Covid-19 pandemic has seen Eastern Cape MEC Sindiswa Gomba taken on.

The Special Investigating Unit's special tribunal will be hearing her side of the story on Friday after financial irregularities were discovered.

Gomba had blamed apartheid for the embarrassing initiative, claiming that the pandemic had exposed the “weaknesses of our health system, and that is linked to the design of apartheid infrastructure. Our people must be dragged in wheelbarrows to access health services”.

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Tribunal spokesperson Selby Makgotho who commented that the tender had been awarded in an unusual manner, continuing to say that:

“Furthermore, it is alleged that the contract was marred by irregularities and irrationality and that it was awarded in unusual and unexplained haste. It is further contended that the department, on hearing of the SIU investigations, resolved that the scooter[s] be modified and continue with the tender with Fabkomp as the service provider and that such a modification constitutes a fresh contract.”

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated South Africa on the latest Covid-19 statistics.

In a statement issued by the Department of Health on Wednesday evening, Mkhize commented that:

"As of today, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 653 444 with 1 923 new cases identified."

The minister reported newly recorded Covid-19 fatalities in the country, continuing to say that:

"Regrettably, we report 64 more Covid-19 related deaths: 24 from KwaZulu-Natal, 14 from Gauteng, 9 from Western Cape, 6 from Northern Cape and 11 from Mpumalanga. This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 15 705."
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Mkhize also noted that recoveries now stand at 584 195 which translates to a recovery rate of 89,4%.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will be moving to alert Level 1 of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Ramaphosa described this stage as the 'new normal' for as long as the nation is faced with the virus.

This stage will come into effect on Sunday at midnight. Ramaphosa explained that levels of infections are relatively low and that the health care system is able to cope with demand.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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