Tebogo Msimanga |
The Gauteng Health Department has spent R17.6 million on 12 corruption investigations since January 2018, but has recovered no money that is desperately needed to provide hospital services for sick patients.
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health Jack Bloom said this information was revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi in a written reply to his questions in the Gauteng Legislature. Bloom said according to Mokgethi, only 4 of the investigations have concluded.
Nobody was fired as a result of these investigations although disciplinary warnings were given and 6 officials involved with the V-Block matter resigned. “I am astounded that no criminal charges were laid as a result of the investigations, and not a single cent of funds recovered. In the case of the R500 million V-Block scandal, this should surely have resulted in criminal charges against the implicated officials. And why was money not recovered in this case?” asked Bloom.
Eight other investigations are still ongoing into various fraud and corruption cases.”The most expensive investigation is costing R3.4 million, and is looking at human resource and supply chain irregularities at the Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Soweto.”
The DA said the department needs to have effective measures to prevent theft and fraud in the first place. “But if it occurs, the investigations should be cost-effective and speedy, with stolen money recovered and the culprits charged in court.”