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Those implicated in PPE corruption should be jailed: Makhura
1 September 2020, 4:29 PM

Gauteng Premier David Makhura wants those implicated in the alleged Personal Personal Equipment (PPE) corruption to be sent to jail and the stolen monies recovered. He has been responding to questions from members of the Gauteng Legislature during a virtual sitting of the House.

Two Gauteng Health Department officials believed to be at the centre of the alleged PPE corruption scandal have been identified by the Special Investigations Unit.

One official resigned and another one has been suspended. It is alleged that the pair were behind the irregular awarding of PPE contracts.

Makhura says Gauteng has not had the scale of corruption as the one involving PPE. “ This does not seem like something that just happened, it seems like it was a proper plan designed to ensure that rules are not followed and as quickly as possible people make a quick buck. We want the money recovered. These people must go to jail. The money must be recovered.”

Recently the provincial government published a list of companies that have been contracted to provide goods and services since April 2020. The list will be released on a monthly basis.

Transformation Modernisation and Re-industrialisation

Makhura also responded to a question about the provinces’ Transformation Modernisation and Re-industrialisation (TMR) roadmap saying, “We invested R80 billion in infrastructure development in all the five corridors of Gauteng over the past five years of the TMR since 2015, which created 90 000 jobs.”

He adds that the province has attracted R200 billion in Foreign Direct Investment through the TMR.

“We attracted R200 billion in Foreign Direct Investment in Gauteng through the TMR in the 5-year period, which focused on all the five regions of the province unlocking investment and created up to 700 000 jobs in the same period.”

Mkhwebane denounces PPE’s procurement system for Limpopo schools
1 September 2020, 4:03 PM

The office of the Public Protector will be liaising with the Limpopo Department of Education to discuss ways to ensure that the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment supplied to schools is decentralised to individual schools.

Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, visited the Kabela Secondary School in Moletjie, outside Polokwane, on Tuesday.

Teachers at the school informed her that masks that were supplied to the school in June are worn out. They also informed the Public Protector of a shortage of classrooms to enable efficient rotational timetables.

Mkhwebane says it is concerning that neither the school governing body nor the principal was involved in the procurement process.

“The masks, which were provided, are of poor quality, the principal was not involved in the procurement of that. How do you decentralise to a level where the principal and the communities are involved. It is not impressive at all, yes the principal has tried within his capabilities but if you have systematic challenges like this there is a lot to be done but we will try to intervene and change where we can change and we will work together with them.”

Procurement system in the spotlight 

The public procurement system has been in the spotlight with allegations of corruption levelled against some government officials. Society stakeholders are calling on the government to rid the system of corruption.

Civil society group Corruption Watch has written an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni asking them to ensure the speeding up of the process to enact the Public Procurement Bill into law.

The Bill is currently in Parliament for consideration. However, the group says it has loopholes that need to be addressed.

Corruption Watch Executive Director David Lewis says they want the government to show decisive leadership in the fight against corruption.

“Corruption Watch and the Public Affairs Institute have this morning (Tuesday) sent an open letter to President Ramaphoa and Minister Mboweni concerning the questions of public procurement. We believe that with the current controversy around the current COVID-19 procurement corruption and the commitment to tighten it up to prevent further corruption there is a golden opportunity to reform the procurement system as a whole.”

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Cosatu calls for action in dealing with corruption
1 September 2020, 2:26 PM

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called for less talk and more action by the African National Congress (ANC) to deal with corruption within its ranks.

The governing party announced on Monday that it will deal with those in its ranks that face allegations, charges, and convictions related to corruption.

Cosatu General Secretary, Bheki Ntshalintshali says it is especially concerned about the corruption as it strikes at the heart of workers’ livelihoods and robs them of much-needed services. He says talk is cheap.

“The ANC has taken a number of policy positions, the question of lifestyle audits, proper deployment, and accountability.  Others are even challenging those issues as the right decisions,  people who are coming from the ANC now did not struggle to be poor, etc so what is the NEC saying about those particular people. So they have to do more in the ruling party to make sure that people are arrested, people are prosecuted and people are convicted.”

ANC-led alliance partners – SACP, Cosatu, and SANCO – have collectively said the time for implementation has come: 

ANC NEC’s stance on corruption 

Addressing a post-ANC NEC meeting briefing on Monday ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa said the ANC will not tolerate any forms of corruption.

The party decided that ANC cadres, who are formally charged with corruption, will be asked to resign from their positions, immediately.

Ramaphosa said the National Executive Committee has decided that corrupt cadres will not be allowed space to commit such crimes under the watch of the party.

He said even those who are alleged to have been involved in corruption will be called by the Integrity Commission of the ANC to come and explain and if they fail they shall be suspended.

“Cadres of the ANC, who are reported to be involved in corrupt and other serious criminal practices, must go to the Integrity Commission and explain themselves. Those who don’t give an acceptable explanation may be suspended. The NEC also decided that cadres who are convicted of corruption and other serious crimes must resign from leadership positions.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers NEC outcomes: 

1 985 new coronavirus cases in SA, 121 more deaths
31 August 2020, 9:44 PM

South Africa has recorded  1 985 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 627 041. The Gauteng province has the highest number of cases with 210 169, which is 33.5% of the total number of cases in the country.

In a statement, the Department of Health has also announced  121 more COVID-19 related deaths.

“One from KwaZulu-Natal; 20 from Gauteng; 20 from Eastern Cape; 24 from Western Cape; 8 from North West; 16 from Free State; 23 from Limpopo and 9 from Northern Cape.”

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths is 14 149.

“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers that treated the deceased patients. Our recoveries now stand at 540 923 which translates to a recovery rate of 86%.”

Mabuza feeling better, back at work
31 August 2020, 9:41 PM

Deputy President David Mabuza has responded to those who have been wondering where he was for the past few weeks. He was part of a virtual media briefing led by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the outcomes of the African National Congress National Executive Committee meeting which took place this past weekend.

Mabuza says it was not an easy couple of weeks because he fell ill but he is getting better.  Deputy President David Mabuza has responded to those who have been wondering where he was for the past few weeks. He was part of a virtual media briefing led by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the outcomes of the African National Congress National Executive Committee meeting which took place this past weekend. He was recently trending on social media, with many claiming that he is dead.

However, Mabuza says he is feeling better now and has been back at work for the past ten days.  “This I think it’s my tenth day at work and my health situation is improving, so I am grateful that I survived. Some of our people already were circulating information that I’m dead – well I’m still alive. It was a very difficult situation of course when you’re ill – it’s not an easy situation.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza brief the media after NEC meeting: 



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