- A war has erupted over a contract awarded to the Guptas
- The contract cost R180-million and the tender was never advertised
- A Gupta-linked company was awarded to the tender to provide mobile clinics which the Minister of Health says are unneccessary
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo are involved in a war of wards. This began after Mahumapelo accused Motsoaledi of ambushing him by visiting his province without warning.
Motsoaledi performed a tour of the mobile clinics which are owned and operated by the Gupta-linked company Mediosa.
The project cost the department of health R180-million and was awarded without going to tender. This led to Motsoaledi slamming the deal and calling it an ATM for the Guptas.
Mahumapelo has said that he will escalate his complaint to Luthuli House and has accused the minister of trying to destabilise the province by choosing a populist approach.
Motsoaledi slammed the contract with Mediosa and called it illegal during a question and answer session with the North West health department head Thabo Lekalakala.
Since the Guptas fled South Africa their various businesses have reported delays in payment. Mediosa was not spared and the workers have downed tools.
“As a South African, if they were given R30m and all of a sudden they can’t pay workers, what was that R30m for?” Motsoaledi asked
“They have optometric services but they don’t have spectacles,” he said. It has also emerged that the department was buying medical supplies for Mediosa.
He said that the services offered by Mediosa were not needed as the department already provided them to the people. These services include optometry, dentistry and X-rays.
Mahumapelo reacted by saying, "That’s what must be revealed by the investigation. You don’t arrive at a site for about 10 to 15 minutes and, based on what you see, you instantly take a decision [that] people’s contracts must be terminated; people must be removed, the HOD must go immediately and if he doesn’t go you will go to court.”
The Health Minister said that his visit was not unannounced and the relevant authorities were alerted.
“This wasn’t a surprise visit. Both the premier and the MEC were informed of this fact-finding mission,” Motsoaledi’s spokesperson, Popo Maja said.
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