Recoup Digital Vibes money

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling on the Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, to ensure his Department recoups every cent of misappropriated Digital Vibes money and prioritise spending it on critical upgrades in the health sector.

This is after Dr Anban Pillay, Popo Maja and Shireen Pardesi received mere slaps on the wrists for their involvement in the irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure of R152 million.

DA Shadow Minister of Health Michele Clarke said despite evidence from the SIU Report and 4 charges laid against him, Dr Pillay’s only repercussion is a final written warning valid for 15 months, suspension without pay for three months, and a salary level demotion for 12 months.

Similarly, Maja received a final written warning and a salary level demotion for 12 months. Pardesi escaped without any punishment after she was allowed to resign with immediate effect. We are sure that Pardesi will even land nicely on her feet after her resignation. ANC cadres tend to flourish when they’re recycled into other jobs.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) Report recommended that Dr Pillay be criminally prosecuted. Clarke said the DA will follow-up with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Department of Health to find out if a charge had been laid. “If it has not yet been done, we will open a case against him”.

Clarke added that many South Africans have suffered desperately during the Covid-19 pandemic.”The people tasked with ensuring that South Africans receive proper education and information regarding the Coronavirus to keep them safe, suffered almost no consequences for their part in the maladministration of millions of rands”.

Clarke further said Minister Phaahla must ensure that justice is served at the very least in terms of recuperating the money and ensuring that this time there is no malfeasance.

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