Tebogo Msimanga |
The Gauteng Provincial Government has placed nine senior officials in the Department of Health and the Department of Infrastructure Development on precautionary suspension on the recommendation of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).
The SIU has uncovered serious irregularities in the awarding of contractors for the refurbishment of the Anglo Gold Ashanti Hospital in the West Rand.
According to the SIU, there was no approved budget for the renovations, which increased from an estimated R50 million to more than R500 million.
In December 2021 the SIU made referrals to the Gauteng Provincial Government to institute disciplinary action against the nine senior managers who were implicated in irregularities in the awarding of contractors for the refurbishment of the Anglo Gold Ashanti Hospital, which was one of the hospitals earmarked for the treatment of COVID19.
The SIU has also made referrals to other state institutions for further investigation into the conduct of the implicated government officials and contractors.
“Three senior managers in the Department of Health and six senior managers in the Department of Infrastructure Development were served with letters of suspension and disciplinary proceedings against them will commence as soon as charges are finalised.”