KwaZulu Natal MEC for Social Development, Nonhlanhla Khoza, announced the suspension of officials implicated in the procurement of blankets and PPEs. This follows a forensic investigation report conducted into the procurement of the goods.
The investigation report had recommended that disciplinary action be taken against the Acting Head of Department, Acting Deputy Director-General, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Acting Supply Chain Manager, Cluster Chief Directors, and Supply Chain Management (SCM) officials. The official are facing charges of misconduct.
MEC Khoza acknowledged the work done by a team of investigators set up by the Provincial Executive Council of KwaZulu-Natal to unearth wrongdoing in the procurement of goods to be used in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Khoza said the Department would ensure that all those implicated would be held to account. She added that the suspension of officials, including an employee in her office was showing commitment that the Department would not tolerate corruption.