Corruption costs E Cape health R45m

2011-03-07 15:12

Johannesburg - Fraud and corruption by officials and service providers have cost the Eastern Cape health department at least R45m in the past few years, it said on Monday.

A recent investigation by PricewaterhouseCoopers revealed that the fraud and corruption was related to contracts and tenders, said department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo.

"The investigation revealed firstly that there was fraud and corruption totalling R13m for an air ambulance contract," he said.

An amount of R14m meant for the maintenance of medical facilities and new building activities was also lost.

"We also have an amount of R18m related to tender procurement, where at least eight officials would allegedly award tenders to their own companies."

35 companies involved

Kupelo said 35 companies were believed to have profited.

The investigation started last year and involved activities spanning a few financial years.

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

Eastern Cape Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana had also ordered a forensic investigation into the Port Elizabeth medical depot responsible for the distribution of drugs to the province's health facilities.

This, after he was informed of corruption at the depot which led to delays in the distribution of drugs and an overall shortage of medication in hospitals and clinics.

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

"As a result, depot staff were inundated with calls about orders that had already been dispatched," he said.

Kupelo said depot staff alleged that courier companies were delivering drugs meant for other health facilities to hospitals and clinics that had not placed an order.

Facilities that had placed orders would often receive incomplete orders as a result.

  • Alwyn - 2011-03-07 15:19

    Whats new,with the Perfect example of JZ and his sidekicks im surprised that its not more

      Mahasana - 2011-03-07 15:28

      Eastern Cape has been corrupt long before JZ becomes the President.a A certain teacher was appointed to be a Deputy Director at the department of health.

      Alwyn - 2011-03-07 15:42

      Might be,but Zuma and sidekicks perfected the art of corruption

      shortcut - 2011-03-07 16:20

      why do we call it corruption? Is it not simply theft? Is "corruption" the politically correct term?

      Nkunzi - 2011-03-07 16:46

      So, Mahasana ?.... They're still stealing from the people - whether it is a teacher or the 'man in the moon'. What is your point, because the theft is increasing on a daily basis? Zuma is currently in charge - and this is happening on his 'watch'.

  • lldoidge - 2011-03-07 15:31

    What a surprise. Only 45 million? No wonder these poor people are flocking to the Western Cape. They know there is no corruption, they will get medical help when needed, their children will get a good education and best of all is they will get a house and still get to keep their holiday house in the Eastern Cape.

  • POLLENYS - 2011-03-07 15:41

    Music to my ears - never a day goes by without several cases of ANC corruption. The EC also has 5,000 teachers suspended earning full salaries = no money to pay for temporary teaching staff, of which they have an abundance. VIVA ANC!

  • ji - 2011-03-07 15:42


  • Valkyrie - 2011-03-07 15:54

    Words fail me. Just like the Government has failed its people...

  • Ina - 2011-03-07 16:08


  • Nkunzi - 2011-03-07 16:09

    Only R45m has been identified so far - hopefully the rest will be traced and the greedy feeders PROSECUTED? The graft and other corruption is now so entrenched as to be 'endemic'. Frack you hyenas! May you rot slowly and SUFFER! Those in charge must also be held accountable.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-07 16:17

    And these same guys want to take over the Western Cape? God help us.

      lldoidge - 2011-03-07 16:19

      Only because there's no more money left to steal in the eastern cape!

      oxygen - 2011-03-07 16:48

      No, he won't.

  • Bemused - 2011-03-07 16:18

    If they can't run a health Dept in one province how the hell are they going to run a National Health insurance scheme. And if you think that R45mil. is a lot of stealing, then you aint seen nothin yet. Man this place is going downhill quickly.

  • onetickie - 2011-03-07 18:05

    What a staggeringly wonderful track record. But then they're so corrupt sarcasism is a waste of effort and unfortunately NONE OF THEM CAN BLUSH!

  • AJ - 2011-03-08 06:56

    I think there is a 0 missing off end of the 45 million. Also the 4 and the 5 should be a 9 and an 8 actually. Oh and there should be a 1 (and maybe even a 2) in front of that too.

  • JMB - 2011-03-16 15:13

    Fat Corrupt Cats. You'll have to be an idiot if you are still voting anc.

  • ANASKA - 2013-02-05 16:48

    The ANC has changed from a party of hallowed revolution into a tool with which some in the party enrich themselves!!!

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