department oCorruption costs EC health R45m

South Africa is lead by a corrupt criminal and rapist so why should the rest of the country be any different as they know nothing will be done. I envy the people who are able to leave this God forsaken land.

An amount of R14-million meant for the maintenance of medical cilities and new building activities was also "lost".

Elections are on their way!

"In too many cases officials escape further investigation and prosecution by resigning. I believe that nothing sets a better example for corrupt officials than a successful prosecution," he said.

Eagar cautioned: "If the departments financial management system was functioning properly and in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act there would be r fewer instances of fraud and corruption and when they do occur they would be resolved long before the department suffered significant financial loss."

"The provincial treasury has a comprehensive set of policies, regulations and practice notes . If they are adhered to, there should be a significant reduction in the space in which corrupt officials can operate," said Luyt.

Eastern Cape Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana had also ordered an investigation of the Port Elizabeth medical depot responsible for the distribution of drugs to the provinces health cilities.

Watchdog groups have cautiously welcomed the Eastern Cape health departments handing over to police a forensic report detailing fraud and corruption to the tune of at least R45-million by officials and service providers.

department oCorruption costs EC health R45m,SICK HOSPITALS: Eastern Cape health MEC Phumulo Masualle addresses the media in Bhisho in the Eastern Cape yesterday about the 181 baby deaths in the neonatal unit of Mthathas Nelson Mandela Academic hospital. Nurses say they are on the verge of quitting Picture: GARY HORLOR

No wonder all their citizens are flooding the Western Cape.

They vote ANC for the houses, T_shirts and chicken but vote DA with their feet.

Watch, itll all get swept under that old carpet very soon.

"Courier companies contracted to distribute medication were responsible . as they would collect deliveries or orders from the depot and keep the orders in their own depots," Kupelo said.

Derek Luyt, media and advocacy head of the Rhodes University Public Service Accountability Monitor, welcomed the move, but called for the police investigation to be "speedily concluded" and for the prosecution of officials involved in fraud and corruption – "including those who have already resigned".

"The investigation revealed that there was fraud and corruption totadepartment oCorruption costs EC health R45mlling R13-million for an air ambulance contract. We also have an amount of R18-million related to tender procurement, where at least eight officials would allegedly award tenders to their own companies," he said.

The investigation started last year and covered activities spanning the last three financial years.

Its about time that these criminals get charged and prosecuted. Stealing public funds amounts to stealing directly from the very poorest of society. These "people" have absolutely no morals and must be severely punished.

Department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo yesterday said a forensic investigation by PricewaterhouseCoopers had revealed that the fraud and corruption was related to contracts and tenders, implicating as many as 35 companies.

"All cases have been referred to the police and the officials involved have either been suspended or have resigned," said Kupelo.

I believe this must be one of the lowest, if not the lowest, amounts involved in corruption. These people need more training on how to steal, just a paltry R45m!

"Little over two years ago we would have heard virtually nothing about what was happening with these cases and those involved would have got off lightly, if the cases were pursued at all," he said.


Look atdepartment of health eastern cape province who the ANC put in as premier and then you will realise why the Eastern Cape is such an ungodly fk-up. You cant put useless people into postions of power and responsibility and expect everything to be rosy. This does not only apply to her, but all the useless people "running" the province. Did I say just running? Yes, they are running it into the ground!

Health researcher Daygan Eagar, of advocacy group Section27, said there had been a "shift in the way [the department] is dealing with instances of fraud and corruption".

Corruption? What corruption?

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