Covid19: What the Government Spent Made Public in SIU Report, 2 803 Irregular Contracts Found

Covid19: What the Government Spent Made Public in SIU Report, 2 803 Irregular Contracts Found

  • The Special Investigating Unit has made its report on the South African government's Covid-related expenditure public
  • The report, which President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised, investigated a total of 5 467 contracts worth R14.3 billion
  • Of the 5 467 contracts, the SIU has analysed 4 549 of them and discovered that 62% of them (2 803 contracts) amount to irregular expenditure

JOHANNESBURG - Today (25 January), the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) reported the South African government's Covid-related expenditure public. President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised this report.

The SIU's report investigated a total of 5 467 contracts between the government and various service providers since the advent of the pandemic. The combined value of these contracts is R14.3 billion.

Of the 5467 contracts, the SIU has analysed 4 549 of them and discovered that 62% of them (2803 contracts) amount to irregular expenditure, News24 reports. As a result, 45 of these irregular contracts have been forwarded to the Special Tribunal for further investigation.

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President Ramaphosa authorised an SIU investigation into the government's Covid-19 expenses. Image: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
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What the report revealed about irregular government expenditure

According to IOL, the SIU will submit a second report to Ramphosa in June, following further investigations in March and April. The president hopes that the SIU's reports will help fight against corruption in South Africa.

It is unacceptable that so many contracts associated with saving lives and protecting livelihoods were irregular, unlawful or fraudulent,” Ramaphosa said.

The SIU has found that over R500 million needs to be recovered from tender fraud and corruption. R34.2 million has been recovered to date. The SIU's investigation saved an estimated R114.2 million from being lost to corruption.

South Africans react to SIU Covid-19 report

@Mrmoney115 remarked:

"We are waiting even though we know it's been edited."

@wizerthanyou asked:

"Has anyone been arrested yet?"

@ntsekisang believes:

"The justice system must be harsh on corruption. Every day we hear and read about corruption but efforts to eradicate it are moving at a snail pace. Soft sentences are not working. A minimum sentence for corruption should at least be 50 years minimum without parole."

@IknowTh25513463 said:

"Now the ignorant that think a whole 500 billion Rands were stollen have a report to read and understand - Ramaphosa is fighting corruption."

@_V_IR shared:

"Nah, we want the second episode of Zondo report."

Mzansi frustrated after FNB gave millions of rand out to vaccinated clients

Speaking of Covid-19 related expenses, Briefly News previously reported that First National Bank's (FNB) decision to run a Covid-19 vaccination campaign, whereby they pay lucky vaccinated FNB customers a substantial amount of money, has caused an uproar on social media.

The incentive began in October last year and focused on encouraging customers to get vaccinated. Vaccinated FNB users were given the chance to win cash prizes if they met certain criteria.

The bank that paid out millions of rand each month has concluded with its final winner being fortunate enough to receive R3 million.

Source: Briefly News

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