“Premier Makhura must be politically accountable for the vast PPE corruption in Gauteng”

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Gauteng Premier David Makhura must be held politically accountable for the massive looting of taxpayer’s money meant for the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) and failing to act decisively against the implicated officials across all the departments in the province. This is according to Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng Leader Solly Msimanga.

Msimanga said the damning Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report on PPE corruption has exposed the rotten corruption within the Gauteng government departments. “Gauteng has the largest amount of money wasted on corruption, all of which happened under the watch of the Premier who is still trying to vindicate himself while forgetting that he has a Constitutional responsibility to fight corruption in this province.”

According to the SIU report, the Gauteng Department of Education irregularly awarded contracts to the value of R427 686 242.29 to 270 service providers for decontamination of Gauteng schools.

Msimanga said the same applies to the PPE contracts that were awarded to the service providers by the Department of Health.

He added that many department senior officials have been implicated in the PPE corruption while a handful of them have been dismissed and some have resigned thereby escaping accountability. “We demand that Premier Makhura acts against all the senior officials that have been implicated in this report even though they have resigned from their departments.”

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