South Africa president warns of harsh action on Covid-19 irregularities

Feb, 8th 2021 – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned of harsh and appropriate action against irregularities in coronavirus-related tenders.

Ramaphosa says government agencies had been directed not to make payments to the service providers pending the outcome of investigations or court action.

He said, “They will not get to enjoy their ill-gotten gains, as steps have been taken to recover stolen money, including the freezing of bank accounts.”

A report released last year into the country’s use of Covid-19 relief fund revealed overpricing and potential fraud.

In some cases personal protective equipment (PPE) was bought for five times more than the price the national treasury had advised.

President Ramaphosa says hard lessons have been learned from people who took advantage of the urgency of the moment.

He said the nation’s experience in the procurement of essential supplies and services during the national state of disaster is a disgraceful chapter that must be firmly closed. 

President Ramaphosa said, “Our nation’s experience in the procurement of essential supplies and services during the national state of disaster is a disgraceful chapter that must be firmly closed.”

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