The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), has described as disgusting and dismaying – allegations of corruption surrounding COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) tenders, amounting to millions of rands.

Presidential Spokesperson Khusela Diko, Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku, and his wife Loyiso went on leave of absence recently – amid a scandal over alleged irregularities relating to a R125 million PPE tender.

The tender was awarded to Royal Bhaca Projects – a company owned by Diko’s husband.

In the video below, COVID-19 tender corruption and impact on South Africa as a brand: 

Numsa’s Spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola says government should consult unions, civil society and business when addressing allegations of corruption.

“We demand that the ANC government addresses these allegations of rampant looting and corruption and that the government must engage and consult with trade unions, civil society and all relevant stakeholders in this country in order to appoint an independent and external body which is going to investigate these allegations of corruption. Failure to do so will leave us with no option but to exercise all our rights and we do not rule out mobilising for the mother of all political strike against a rotten corrupt ANC government.”

In the video below, ANC promises to act against corruption: 

On Saturday, political parties in Parliament threw their weight behind Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s call for all provincial health MECs to publish the list of all companies awarded COVID- 19 tenders for PPEs.