Covid corruption scandals multiply across SA

Covid corruption is popping up across the country, with scandals under investigation in many provinces. 

Over R500 billion has been reallocated for buying Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) and upgrading public health infrastructure.

But dozens of hospitals and clinics have no PPE, backup generators or reliable supply of oxygen and ventilators.

Procurement transactions in excess of R1 billion and involving 102 companies are under investigation by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in Gauteng.

Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku and his wife, City of Johannesburg shared services MMC Loyiso Masuku have been suspended after being implicated in a questionable R125 million PPE tender scandal.

Earlier in the week, President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended his spokesperson Khusela Diko whose husband was also involved in the deal.

  • In KZN, a R13 million PPE scandal has been identified within the Department of Social Development
  • A company belonging to the daughter of former environment minister Nomvula Mokonyane, has secured a R3 million PPE tender
  • In the Free State two companies belonging to the sons of ANC secretary Ace Magashule received R2.7 million worth of PPE tenders
  • In the Eastern Cape, the SIU is investigating numerous tenders at OR Tambo municipality where a company claimed millions of rands for educating communities about Covid-19. The documents were false and no such public education ever happened
  • Also in the EC, the health department purchased 100 ambulance scooters to the value of R10 million. The same department later said these could not be used as emergency ambulances