High fraud rate in health depts - NGO

2013-02-04 11:35

Cape Town - There was a high incidence of tender fraud in provincial health departments, information received by Corruption Watch has shown.

According to the Times Live, the NGO says a third of anonymous tip-offs revealed staff awarding tenders to friends and relatives.

Reports also showed that hospitals in small town were rife with nepotism, with managers hiring family members and human resource officers “selling jobs”.

Meanwhile, an investigation by the Wits School of Public Health found kitchen staff preparing patients’ meals at a Gauteng hospital pulling meat off the bone, serving the bones to patients and then selling the meat.

According to health sector employees interviewed by the school, fraud is "at uncontrollable levels" and is being "committed by people who know how to cover their tracks".

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has apparently already admitted that "most or all depots are hotbeds of corruption", resulting in hospitals running short of medical supplies.

  • kala.bafazi - 2013-02-04 11:40

    How many more investigations and probes do we still have to go through before heads start rolling? It seems every year there is some big investigation which ends up with exactly the same results as the previous investigation, namely that the government departments in general are rife with corruption and fraud. We want to see heads rolling!!!!!!! (At least most of us do) (I hope)

      saamprater.saampraat - 2013-02-04 11:57

      Yep, till the head-honcho's head "rolls". The main thief in charge. - 2013-02-04 12:09

      How ashamed I am of being a South African .... do these people have NO decency and NO pride??? It makes me sad beyond words .... and the politicians are ALL the same .... and there excuse?? why can't I do it too ... everybody else is doing it ...

      keanu.meere - 2013-02-04 12:50

      The price of an incompetent government.

      denis.dendrinos - 2013-02-04 13:23

      They've learnt well from their masters on how to be corrupt and how to dismiss it as the norm. "committed by people who know how to cover their tracks". If only so much ingenuity and energy would be spent on work and earning an honest living this country would be so much better off. But that's all a number of people know. Lie, break, cheat, steal - and they're very happy to do it.

  • saamprater.saampraat - 2013-02-04 11:55

    Every crime gets thoroughly investigated, but we never hear of these criminals been locked up or when and how they pay the stolen billions back. I wonder if this latest thievery counts under the already reported R675Billion known theft from anc cadres?

  • compos.mentis.58 - 2013-02-04 12:02

    NOOOOO!!!!. Really????

  • rontheogre - 2013-02-04 12:04

    The people that patiently sit and wait at clinics and state hospitals are the ones affected by this rampant corruption, not the government fat cats that they elected into office that only go to the best of private hospitals and are also the recipients of this corruption. The only way these despotic "leaders" of ours will learn, is to take it all away from them. Perhaps then they will appreciate what they could have done for this country and its people, instead of for themselves. But, alas, they will only be disappointed that the gravy train ride was so short and soon find a way to get a new ticket.

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2013-02-04 12:05

    O please man!! Its not just them the whole government is rife with fraud / corruption / plain & simple theft. They all do it openly & possibly get a slap on the wrist and thats it. We give them free reign to steal as much as they like. Non of these issues ever gets followed up either. Watch Nkandla disappear into the distance. If we want our government to be accountable I think the only solution is for us to DEMAND answers on all these items. We cant let go of any issue ever because then they get away with it. Us normal citizens will have to do this because we have such low lifes "leading" us.

  • kelly.helfrich1 - 2013-02-04 12:06

    Im the kind of person who always has plan, and is always looking for ways to make things right. But I have to admit, that this leaves me speechless. How do you even begin to fix something like this? I do think the government need a kick up the ass, but I dont evny the good guys trying to clean up this mess.

  • muhammed.bhyat.12 - 2013-02-04 12:09

    Interesting that they finally reveal what was known for years. Very concerning thou that they have absolutely no plan to curb tender fraud!

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-02-04 12:12

    The anc and all their departments are 1 big fraud. Easily 1 of the most filthy, corrupt govements in the world.

  • jan.wolters.7503 - 2013-02-04 12:15

    The hole system is corrupt and is starts at the top. Why shouldn't steal the rest of the people no money when the when the biggest thief is running this country? He's a perfect example how to get ridge. Over 50 years when this wonderful country is down on its knees they still blame apartheid. Viva ANC Viva JZ screw you!

  • Justin - 2013-02-04 12:29

    All created by the ANC. another Joke: Johannesburg hospital, sorry Charlotee M..., used to be the envy of all, even in the Western World, during the 80s and early 90s. Now it is dirty shthl with unfriendly staff, broken infrastructure and burglar proofing, which gets stolen. Why cos you gave all the ones in the know voluntary retrenchment as you wanted them out. I really love the new SA and you are going to introduce NHI

  • tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-04 12:36

    "kitchen staff pulling meat off the bone, serving the bones to patients" Who interviewed and employed the kitchen staff? Where is the supervision? This is a disgrace. IS NOBODY ACCOUNTABLE ANYMORE?

  • anesh.ashokumar.7 - 2013-02-04 12:36

    This is so bad can't say much even doctors themself are lost they forgot how to help patients its all abt the money

  • japiejj.dutoit - 2013-02-04 12:50

    The african moto is steal before some one else is stealing it. Once a proud nation now the lowest of low. Every day we see - hear this crap - but the boss man think all is rosey in the land of milk & honey. Very soon, his honey will dry, and then it will be cry my beloved country.

      mandla.dlamini.524 - 2013-02-04 13:08

      pleas go to you will learn how america ,england, get rich, about big coporations in the world CIA, FBI, Osama bin laden families, as well as simple and straight forward here in the country thieves are claiming to be innocent, why the land which was stolen to bew compensated because of these and that why, just look at the gold, diamond, all was stolen in formalities, oil of africa even today the blood of innocent is spill over with cover ups, where is gaddafi, sadamk husein, with wrong reason but for their contries wealth pleas talk true, yes it difficult for you to undestand true, because you have been grow up with lies ,with propaganda history thatb is bleak. but the truth shall set you free, my god help you.

      willie.erasmus - 2013-02-04 14:25

      Really Mandla? Have you been traveling in Africa, have you seen the issues there, you blame the big bad western companies but who do you think allows it, go see how they live in Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana... Why is it the African leaders all live as high rollers while the people suffer to get food on the table. You blame th big companies...LOL!!! Catch a wakeup my friend, if you have weak leaders how else can it work? You and the ones who think like you make me sad, the fact that you cant connect the dots tells me something about you. You dont grasp the concept of how much money is lost and still you speak like someone who cant reason. Face in hand plant!

      oistar.tutu.9 - 2013-02-04 15:18

      The land was not stolen, mandla.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-04 16:14

      Mandla.dlamini.524 Stop reading and start thinking. You read davidick and you are an expert?. Get a life.

  • Mnologist - 2013-02-04 13:10

    What do you expect from an Absolutely No Consequences government. The next thing is us the honest turning criminal because the system is requires you to be.

  • emilyjane.elson - 2013-02-04 14:17

    Anything for a quick buck.. Disgusting

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2013-02-04 14:26

    Where is the ACTION MAN MR FIXIT?in polokwane he promised to fight corruption and in Mangaung he still promised to fight corruption.Can the delegates tell us when is the fight going to start?

  • Karabo Purpk Maila - 2013-02-04 14:30

    you know if govt. wants to tighten the knob on corruption they will have to downright micromanage these hospitals, many are underpaid and working in dire conditions and not to say it justifies corruption but they see hole in the system that they can manipulate and dnt hesitate bcoz we knw it happens at top level too. i honestly see this criPpling most departments bcos with nepotism , comes leanients and more corruption it seems thats how we live as South Africans. we would rather buy things and cheat our way out of attaining proper skills to enrich our pockets! it makes me sick!

  • Mohaola - 2013-02-04 15:17

    Both public and private health department has corruption,cos some of the managers in those department don't have management qualifications nepotism has to be use to stay in control decisions are taken on family gatherings on NHI ......

  • Mary Bergh Müller - 2013-02-04 15:29

    & this is 1 of the reasons a NHS cannot work in this country!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-04 16:09

    There is a high fraud rate in all departments. It is how they function.

  • ohbizz.chabata - 2013-02-04 16:12

    All this fraud cant be healthy :)

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-02-04 17:29

    Can anybody please name just ONE government department which is not corrupt. I'd be interested to know but I'm sure that nothing will add to my knowledge bank. They are all corrupt. Soon Zim will seem like a good proposition. Viva Robert, you're not so bad. Our president is champion .

  • beverley.burchellhardman - 2013-02-04 17:52

    I know of a case where a woman paid her monthly bond from money meant to be spent on children with AIDS ... to date (6 years later) I am still waiting to hear that she was held accountable!!! Its SICK!!!

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