AG slams Gauteng health department

2011-11-29 08:28

Johannesburg - The Gauteng health department has lost millions of rands through maladministration and tender rigging, The Star newspaper reported on Tuesday.

According to a report by Auditor General Terence Nombembe, the department appointed contractors who did not have the correct qualifications and competence to build hospitals.

Nombembe found Ilima Construction was awarded a R1bn contract to build hospitals in Gauteng, the North West and Eastern Cape. The contract was terminated after the department discovered the company's "construction grade" only allowed it to work on projects worth between R30m and R100m.

According to the report the department had awarded three contracts worth R887m to a company that failed to submit a tax clearance certificate.

A R21.9m project at Sterkfontein Hospital, in Krugersdorp was terminated because of "insufficient progress" and a replacement contractor was appointed for R12m.

'Disastrous incompetence'

Democratic Alliance MP Jack Bloom was quoted as saying the AG's report illustrated the department's "disastrous incompetence".

"The distressing thing is that nobody has been held accountable for this appalling mess. Nobody has been fired or disciplined, so the mismanagement is likely to continue," he said.

Provincial health spokesperson Simon Zwane told the newspaper the department was making an effort to improve the situation.

An unqualified audit report did not mean the department was in a disastrous state, he said.

  • Bardy - 2011-11-29 08:37

    When will the ANC stop with their corruption? Why does the world not pay attention to this crime and do something about it? Our poor country is going down the drain more and more day by day!!!

      Dorothea - 2011-11-29 08:52

      why the hell must the rest of the world sort out OUR problems? typical victim african mentality!

      ludlowdj - 2011-11-29 09:18

      its not the worlds responsibility to stop this its ours.

      NrGx - 2011-11-29 09:19

      @dorothea - I dont think it is fair to say that bardy's comment is typical african victim mentality. The world through up their arms when the NATS had apartheid and were corrupt themselves. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE NOW? and now they do nothing! What can we (minority - law abiding citizens) do? we are well outnumbered and are set to continue down this road till there is nothing left, why cant we seek help? being a proud south african does not mean we are too proud too seek help, just as the ANC did when they fought apartheid

      Impi - 2011-11-29 09:31

      I agree with Bardy and NrGx. In a country where 66% of the people are voting because they want to belong to something they think will liberate them and make them rich, it has become impossible to bank on only the 33% sane people in this country to pull us out of this disaster. Look at the scale of our problems and the President is involved with a Ministers handbag?

      Tom - 2011-11-29 09:38

      At this point, I don't even believe it is corruption that is causing the problem. When you have idiots running hospitals, governments, schools, etc. Events like this will continue to happen, no matter how honest a person is. Once you begin electing educated and fully qualified leaders, corruption and criminal behavior will be reduced greatly.

      Impi - 2011-11-29 09:40

      Correct me if I'm wrong. I don't think in the history of the world has there ever been a Minister's wife being charged as a Drug Dealer. That alone proves just who we are.

      Impi - 2011-11-29 09:44

      And if I have my facts correct, she is still on full pay! A drug dealer being paid my the us the tax payers! Please call me crazy, but have you ever heard of a country that pays drug dealers awaiting trial? I'm ready for the revolution!

      NrGx - 2011-11-29 09:50

      @Impi - I agree... this is just but one instance that shows the world who our government really are. They think they are above the law in our country and are exempt from the rules of the international community. Why do we desrve the 1 seat we have in the UN, AND.. the fact that we have that seat, doesnt that mean we should be held accountable to these non-democratic utterences of the ANC. shouldnt their morals be questioned by the UN?

      Impi - 2011-11-29 09:59

      @NrGx. Please don't get me started on the UN issue. Can you believe that people this corrupt sit there and decide the fate of other nations? Doesn't our presence turn the UN into a joke as well?

      NrGx - 2011-11-29 10:18

      @Impi - exactly, but this alone should lead one to believe that the UN should have the will to bring these issues up for debate within the UN council. Maybe they dont want the backlash of our ministers calling them racist? which they will.

      John - 2011-11-29 10:28

      just think if we could get all the money back stolen through corruption in this decade i dont think we would need to pay tax for a few years.

      Michael - 2011-11-29 11:16

      @Impi-Mrs Cwele has since been found guilty and dismissed.If they had stopped her salary while she was on suspension it would have meant she's been found guilty and she's been found guilty before being proven so. Surely if you're accused of something you're innocent until proven guilty it's not the other way around.The Municipality where she was a director has since fired her and stopped her salary and her appeal for unfair dismissal failed. Somebody suggested a Ministry of corruption, i think that's a good idea but we'd be wasting our money given that we have the public protector, maybe we need to give Thuli Madonsela more resources. AG must work hand in hand with Thuli, what's the point in uncovering corruption when nothing is done about the findings? That is just what annoys me the most. It's like cops chasing thugs and arrest them but only to find a judge gives the thug a R500 bail,WTF?

      Impi - 2011-11-29 11:31

      @Michael. Thanks. I didn't even know her appeal had failed.

      John - 2012-02-05 21:14

      Anc = Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide. Destroying south Africa since 1957.

  • Herman - 2011-11-29 08:40

    Thanks for the update, I'll ad THAT to the ANC's (Department of National fraud and Corruption) already R35 BILLION wasteful expenditure...

      Getafix - 2011-11-29 10:26

      R35 000 000 000.00

  • Bokfan - 2011-11-29 08:45

    Let the HIV afflicted masses rise against this abuse of funds that will end up being the death of each of them. Zackie Achmat instead of kissing anc ass during elections mobilise your constituency and pursue justice for them.

  • Francois - 2011-11-29 08:46

    Simon Zwane, what is then the characteristics of a disastrous state of Health in the province? Babies dying because of ill care? (Oops no pun intended), but that happened. Patients dying, because striking workers don't allow the into the hospital? Oops that happened. High profile members of the ruling party not using public healthcare - oops that happens! Get a grip - the sooner you realise that there is a problem you will be able to solve it. This is not about scoring points for the ANC cadre deployment, this about caring for the people of SA, got that?

  • Herman - 2011-11-29 08:50

    The democratic process of one man one vote caused this, until SA has a real democratic voting system in place where the person producing has more say than the uneducated consumer, then only will this country go forward.

      Impi - 2011-11-29 09:51

      I agree. There should me a minimum educational requirement of at least Grade 12 to qualify to vote.

      Herman - 2011-11-29 10:00

      I see it the same way as having a driver’s licence, if you pass the test, know what you are doing and have the understanding for making right or wrong decisions, then you are eligible to vote. If you are a criminal sitting in jail, you should also not have the right to vote.

      CarlS - 2011-11-29 10:00

      Also make a vote's weight relative to the voters contribution to tax.

  • Dorothea - 2011-11-29 08:51

    and this comes from a regime that had the audacity to criticise and bring down apartheid? hypocritical, incompetent fools.

  • Lynn - 2011-11-29 09:09

    What a colossal joke this county has been turned into. The thieving and incompetence is so out of control. When are these people going to admit that they cannot cope. I have seen a couple of international articles this week where whole governments have resigned. Of course that will not happen here as there are no ethics or morals.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-11-29 09:17

    People look but don't see. The ANC is a cancer eating at the heart of this country, until honest men stand up and be counted, this will continue in what has essential become a "every man for himself" country.

  • Michael - 2011-11-29 09:29

    And the same stupid voters keep voting for the same stupid ANC!!!!!

  • CarlS - 2011-11-29 09:32

    "the department appointed contractors who did not have the correct qualifications and competence to build hospitals" - rich, coming from an unqualified and incompetent government.

  • Deon - 2011-11-29 09:48

    We need at least some action, suspend and fire those that do not follow the rules in rewarding tenders. The EC new head fired +- 400 people in theire health departement etc, we need another clean up in Gauteng.

  • Thelma - 2011-11-29 09:53


  • Samuel - 2011-11-29 09:56

    An unqualified audit report means clean bill of health

  • Getafix - 2011-11-29 10:08

    R887 000 000.00 No-one arrested or disciplined? Lame.

  • Willem - 2011-11-29 10:23

    Rot cure: Stop illegal tax for minority, quickrich corrupters! The state may tax for legal use, but never for its reported massive corruption. Instead, the state must prevent corruption, recover any and still tax corrupters. If not, it is illegal and discriminating. And tax laws used for corruption are likewise illegal. Numerous published reports for decades prove illegal tax abuse of amassed trillions for corruption. The state has never any legal power to tax for illegal use or to corrupt. And nothing can ever justify any corruption. Political powers have absolute control over all corruption activities, information and records. Thus, no excuse exists why they cannot do their legal duty to prevent corruption, promptly recover any and still tax corrupters on this illegal income as legally required. Not to do so, is illegal, and discriminates against poor masses and enslaved taxpayers. Most important, no civilized law can ever be legal for criminal or illegal purposes, like corruption. Hence, tax and any laws used for corruption are illegal, and can never be legally approved. Stop this illegal tax burden deliberately feeding illegal, criminal, discriminatory and protected corruption. Honesty by all shall slash tax for all. The rotten services of corrupters brotherhood force distresssed masses to protests; which is then crushed with inhuman, bloody oppression. How can a brutal, corrupt state be that of free and honest elections by the people?

  • Shirley - 2011-11-29 12:09

    Its a free for all in all departments. The president and/or any of his ministers sit idely by and watch whilst the country crumbles and the chosen few get rich off tenders and corruption. When are these thieving parasites going to be held accountable for this gross dis service to the South African public!!!!!!!! Come on Ms Madonsela-theres enough enquiring for you to do for the next 100 years!!

  • Andrew - 2011-11-29 12:23

    And the Gauteng premier points finger at Jack Bloom saying he does not understand parenthood, whereas she does not not know or understand what is happening in her own domain of Gauteng. As well spending tax payer money to upgrade her homely comforts. Shame on you !!

  • Maureen Webster - 2011-11-29 19:14

    Let the people Die. While comrades line there pockets and laugh in the faces of the most needy members of the society. My heart breaks when I see the elderly sitting hopelessly for endless hours at state hospitals.

  • paul.duplessis - 2012-01-19 07:12

    The more we get taxed the more our hard earned money gets squandered. These people do not deserve our votes.

  • John - 2012-01-19 07:16

    What is sinister about the whole scenario, is that the incompitent persons responsible for whole debacle remain in their positions where their incapabilities will come to the fore once a cost to the taxpayer. In my days, incompitent persons were replaced, but these days they seem to be rewarded by either being retained in their positions, or promoted to the higher order. Is it not the job of Trevor Manual to overseer mismanagement of this nature ?????????

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