Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, has described the COVID-19 personal protective equipment ( PPE) tender scandal as “grand scale corruption” the province has had to deal with since it launched the open tender system aimed to promote “good governance”.
Makhura was giving the provincial weekly update on the response to COVID-19 infections in the country’s epicenter on Thursday.
“So the open tender system was a very important measure to save and guide us. It helped us a great deal in the period of six years. Yes, we have had incidents of corruption in this department and that department, but we haven’t had a grand scale of corruption we are facing with PPE now,” said Makhura.
He said the open tender system has allowed bidders in the province to assess the fairness of the tender process in a bid to promote good governance in the province.
Gauteng MEC for Health, Dr Bandile Masuku and his wife, City of Johannesburg’s MMC for Group Corporate and Shared Services, Loyiso Masuku, have been placed on temporary leave of absence pending investigations into the R125-million PPE tender scandal.
This multi-million-rand tender was awarded to Royal Bhaca Projects, a company owned by King Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko – husband to presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko. The Dikos and Masukus are family friends.
Makhura said the tender scandal has hindered the provinces effort to promote clean governance.
The Gauteng premier has appointed MEC for Transport and Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo, to act in the Health portfolio until investigations in the scandal are concluded.