Earlier on Wednesday, the Competition Commission said they are contemplating investigating firms and state officials allegedly involved in heavily inflating the price of personal protective equipment.

This follows allegations of irregularities in the awarding of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) tenders, involving – among others the husband of Presidency spokesperson, Khusela Diko.

A COVID-19 expenditure report has revealed that Thandisizwe Diko’s Royal Bacha company charged the Gauteng Department of Health R58 per surgical mask, which has a regulated price of R12.48.

Competition Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele says they are having discussions with the Special Investigating Unit regarding allegations of this nature.

Competition Commissioner explains why they are fining some companies – but not the people who provide masks to government: