SIU probing practically half of presidency’s total PPE spend

Ultimate yr, after a spate of PPE-connected corruption, President Cyril Ramaphosa tasked the SIU to investigate Covid-19 linked corruption.

The Particular Investigating Unit (SIU) is probing alleged rotten deepest protecting gear (PPE) contracts value R14.2 billion – shut to half of of the cash spent by authorities on PPE procurement.

SIU head Andy Mothibi instructed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Firms and merchandise on Tuesday that they’d made “vital progress and have an effect on” in investigating PPE fraud.

Whereas investigating, quiet issues had been being reported. On the discontinue of April, 6% of the investigations on PPE fraud serene wished to be began.

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SIU chief lawful counsel Jerome Wells stated 69 issues had been issued inside the Particular Tribunal, with a complete value of R7 billion. Near PPE corruption, there had been 15 issues value R365 million. Mothibi stated they’d been jubilant with the tribunal’s work.

Ultimate yr, after a spate of PPE linked corruption, President Cyril Ramaphosa tasked the SIU to investigate Covid-19 linked corruption.

Mothibi additionally lauded their cooperation with the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority, the Hawks and the fusion centre – comprising all regulation enforcement businesses.

The SIU has clearly been busy since February, when Mothibi informed the media of their progress in investigating the “insatiable pursuit of self-enrichment” demonstrated by PPE corruption.

On the time, the SIU serene wished to provoke 851 out of two 556 investigations, or 33%.

In February, the SIU grew to become as soon as investigating contracts value R13.3 billion – it’s miles now R900 million extra.

In accordance with Nationwide Treasury, suppose entities spent R30.7 billion on PPE procurement between April and November remaining yr.

Jan Gerber

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