R14m of medicine 'worthless'

2012-05-07 10:17

Johannesburg - Boxes of expired medicine worth about R14m are waiting in a Limpopo storeroom for delivery - despite having expired two months ago.

The Sunday Independent revealed that the medication included antibiotics and HIV test kits.

The medicine was apparently ordered by provincial authorities on contracts that were awarded irregularly to several companies.

An investigation alleged that too much medicine too close to expiry dates was ordered and that deals were made with suppliers to over-stock in exchange for kickbacks and other favours, while other orders were duplicated.

The SA Pharmacy Council and the Medicines Control Council stipulate that medicine should have a minimum 18 months before expiry.
Meanwhile, some of the province’s 46 hospitals and 360 clinics have run out of medicine.

The Limpopo department of health said it was aware of allegation of corruption and tender irregularities.   

The province of Limpopo was placed under administration by President Jacob Zuma six months ago.

  • Kala - 2012-05-07 10:21

    From all the irregularities emmanating from Limpopo Province it would appear that most, if not all, of the administrators are on drugs.

      mariuskowie - 2012-05-07 10:26

      Is greed the drug you are talking about?

      Kala - 2012-05-07 10:29

      The only drug they are not on is the one they really need. Unfortunately there is no such drug as there is no pill for stupidity.

      Fussed - 2012-05-07 11:07

      Oh Yes there is. Join the anc

      Fussed - 2012-05-07 11:08

      Or news24. lets see if they delete this comment

      rowen.loretz - 2012-05-07 11:42

      And they want to introduce the NHI- they can't even use the medicine properly !

      Preshen - 2012-05-07 12:28

      Hope it was not Viagra

      Omrisho - 2012-05-07 12:32

      find those responsible... and fire the whole friggin lot, this is disgusting to say the least, but no, we won't do that, we are to self absorbed in our own self importance to do the right thing... sheez, grow some and govern properly, useless bunch

      Louis - 2012-05-07 13:16

      Blame it on apartheid

  • Ian - 2012-05-07 10:22

    Same old same old. This is what happens when the inmates are running the asylum.

      Pastoor - 2012-05-07 17:56


      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-08 23:03

      So true.. and then they want to put 35,000 on the loose again.. Just cant fathom the stupidity of the government. Seems they thrive on criminality.

  • ianon.ym - 2012-05-07 10:29

    No clue of administration whatsoever - whether in Limpopo or Eastern Cape or ...

  • Bryan - 2012-05-07 10:31

    Limpopo..., land of milk and honey....Not!! Don't worry guys, it's only 14 Million..!!

      Felix - 2012-05-07 10:41

      The zanu branch of the anc.

      Walter - 2012-05-07 12:29

      Well, after yesterday's news of the R52m Diepsloot police station disaster, it does add up!

      Sharon - 2012-05-07 14:44

      It's not a problem, it's just money. When they want to buy more medicine, they can just go and pick some more from the money-trees that grow all over the country!

  • rayno.grever - 2012-05-07 10:35

    Not surprised

  • Phindi - 2012-05-07 10:35

    Limpompo again!

  • Lerato - 2012-05-07 10:37

    In such cases I'm Pro-China, death penalt to corrupt officials. Wtf

      Peter - 2012-05-07 11:28

      @Lerato, Pro-China means your pro communism too...

      Ze Don - 2012-05-07 11:41

      So you really expect Zuma and his buddies to sign their own death sentences? I agree with your sentiment (for a change) but it will NEVER work here in SA as we would effectively have to execute 90% of government.

      Chris - 2012-05-07 11:58

      I agree, but our President will grant them amnesty and a very well paid job.

  • Daniel - 2012-05-07 10:38

    The Limpopo department of health said it was aware of allegation of corruption and tender irregularities, but still nothing is being done about it!

      HendrikAfrika - 2012-05-31 16:08

      It is because they are the guilty ones.

  • Brett - 2012-05-07 10:41


  • Susan - 2012-05-07 10:41

    Despite being under administration by the Pesident 6 months ago, what is the outcome, most corrupt officials are still in their positions...

      arcticencounter - 2012-05-07 15:19

      You don't understand, Susan. The MEC for Finance in Limpopo said it is not that they don't have money; they just don't have SUFFICIENT money. Funny, I have the same problem.

  • Shirley - 2012-05-07 10:52

    There is no medication for all those in charge!!!! Stupidity is incurable,as is incompetancy!They should all be permanantly quarantined!

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-05-07 12:03

      On robben island ..........yes?

  • Barefoot - 2012-05-07 11:00

    i'm going to say this again- Limpopo needs to be made an independent state, cut all strings and no sending aid

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-05-07 11:06

    Typical! Gross incompetence and inefficiency thanks to the ANC!

  • Norman - 2012-05-07 11:16

    Now all the ANC supporters are quiet on here....

      rayno.grever - 2012-05-07 11:26

      Norman, in the next election I will be voting DA. Let's say hypothetically they win the next election but don't improve the state of affairs in SA then I will not vote for them again. So ANC supporters: if the govt repeatedly fails the nation STOP voting for them. Its really simple

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 11:51

      @Norman, what really has to be said about this?

      CliveK - 2012-05-07 15:20

      Not really, Norman. One of them has been giving the thumbs-down to all the condemnatory comments above!

  • StoneAgePeasant - 2012-05-07 11:24

    Will the European and US newspapers please copy, and all donors of aid money to South Africa also please take note.

  • Peter - 2012-05-07 11:25

    And all the ANC supporters are quite again!! Typical they throw slander after having read the article that involved Zille and the name changes. But on the Real life issues that face the country all their racist and illogical remarks are no where to be seen, interesting isnt it?

  • Dhavandran - 2012-05-07 11:34

    the pharmacy council only knows on how to screw the community pharmacies and with ridiculous price regulations and dispensing fees while the banks screw us with interest rates which are higher than our prescribed fees . where the logic? medipos operates from a suite from loftus and they put patients lives at risk with late deliveries and broken cold chains. the PCSA has one set of rules for their ANC buddies and another for the community pharmacist.there is no justice. iam quiet sure that this warehouse was given a clean bill of health from the PSCA with regards to the storage and cold chain without having been inspected.

      Rob - 2012-05-07 12:37

      Don`t you mean the SPCA?

  • charles.wolfaardt1 - 2012-05-07 11:43

    Bribery & corruption !!!!!!! Once again the poor lose out. The ANC cannot deliver , but at voting times they promise the moon & the sun , but the day after only the dessert remains

  • Rob - 2012-05-07 11:43

    Yet another example of collectivism. Collective responsibility means nobody is responsible. BUT SOME COLLECT!

  • Gavin - 2012-05-07 11:47

    Yet another shining example of ANarChy eficiency in action. Viva la revolution !

  • shando.kandaba - 2012-05-07 11:52

    the plan was Nyaupe!!!!!!!!!!!

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 11:55

    And the officials responsible for this waste will get away with it. Shame, I'm voting DA come next elections:)

      phalane.queen - 2012-05-07 12:21

      I am in, loyalty aside and DA for me.

      Rob - 2012-05-07 12:47

      Is it my imagination or are we seeing more agreemet between "Black" and "White" commentators on these forums? Sounds almost too good to be true. Keep it up everyone! A snoball starts out small. If we can continue nobody will be able to resist. No thieving,corrupt politician, businessman, criminal....... matter the colour.

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-07 12:05

    And yet they demand and demand and demand...............

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-05-07 12:09

    My god every day we can see ANC fxxxing the job.and people still defend them.until everything is destroyed :(

  • Badger - 2012-05-07 12:32

    "Yyyaaaaaawwwwnnnnnnnn.... What's New ???" Just another headline for the press about another Fk UP Province run by the same Fk UP pricks running the country. !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-05-07 12:48

    See that money could have been used to build something and put a new name on it instead of renaming .

  • Louis - 2012-05-07 13:15

    Blame it on apartheid

  • mikenortje - 2012-05-07 13:16

    And who is the supplier?? Malema's cousin. The DA asked last year in June for a probe into this ...... please people in Limpopo don't cry you elected the very ANC who are screwing you ..... becareful next time you vote.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-07 13:23

    this is criminally stupid, reckless and irresponsible...geen haan sal kraai nie

  • Nigel - 2012-05-07 13:39

    Limpopo what do you expect, but the masses want to suffer, so there goes another R 14 million, you get what you vote for, in this case NOTHING, Vote DA & don't get screwed by the Govt.

  • Gert - 2012-05-07 13:47

    It is time for Taliban law--Hang the culprits from poles and shame their families, and let them pay back every cent. We want to know who signed for this.

  • Successful Nhlamulo Mabilane - 2012-05-07 13:48

    oh this tax payers' money who cares things are changing in SA

      CliveK - 2012-05-07 15:22

      I assume you are being sarcastic?

  • Gert - 2012-05-07 13:49

    The anc has lost control over administration and law in this country. How do you get them to resign---???

  • Gee - 2012-05-07 13:50

    Why doesn't this come as a surprise? I guess the anc all read the same book:\ how to completely ruin a country 101 for dummies\ author : robmugabe\r\nResearch assistant:jmalema

  • Darra - 2012-05-07 13:54

    Does anything embarrass these peeeeple in the anc? I refuse to call them people. The people are those who are soon going to turn the country and the anc upside down because their empty tummiies are churning,... upside down .... inside out.

  • Gert - 2012-05-07 13:55

    It looks like the anc 's timing is a little bit out of sync. All anc cadres were told that by now the secrets bill would have been in place and they could go crazy with corruption and plundering and all deeds will be classified as secret....OOPS --these guys were caught out with no secrets bill to protect them yet.

  • Phepishi - 2012-05-07 13:58

    The department has been under administration for 6 months. What was the administrator doing all along? or is a case of the "wrong" administrator?

  • Allan - 2012-05-07 14:29

    Could they not sell it on the black market in time! it's a shame

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-05-07 14:32

    Incompetence,incompetence and more incompetence!!

  • Loo - 2012-05-07 14:36

    AND THIS STILL SHOCK US ???? Why ???

  • Grace - 2012-05-07 14:56

    I think everyone responsible for this gross negligence, illegal tenders etc should be made to swallow all this medicine so it at least get puts to some good use!!!

  • arcticencounter - 2012-05-07 15:27

    ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s cousin won a R44m pharmaceutical contract in Limpopo without ­submitting a ­formal tender. The companies were awarded tenders worth R167m to supply syringes, surgical blades, disposable needles, labels for medicines and patient referral forms to Limpopo’s hospitals and clinics. Departmental spokesperson Joe Maila confirmed that Phil Setsiba, the senior manager for pharmaceutical services, has been ­suspended for allegedly inflating the quantity of stocks needed and the costs involved. Stanley Mashego, one of its ­directors, said: "Everything was done by the department. "After deciding who gets what, they just tell us what it is they have awarded to which person, and that we should take orders." Nyathikazi refused to sign off payment orders, saying she ­"cannot sign an order" worth R167m as it was "way above my level". She also slammed the tender process, saying it was "impossible for an item's usage to increase from 1 300 to 500 000". Tshepo Malema this week said that everything was above board. June 2011

  • Richard - 2012-05-07 15:44

    Quite frankly all these articles on corruption, theft and irregularities are becoming boring. We complain but nobody listens. However we cannot stop complaining coz then we are doomed or maybe we are already doomed as there is no way in hell that this country with only 5 million contributing people can sustain the theft and corruption and still on top of that pay for the upliftment of the other 20 Million who do not contribute. Desmond Tut said this 2 weeks ago in the newspaper and everybody seems to understand this and I can only assume the ones in control see this too but do not care. Like Mugabe they will be rich beyond belief and travel to Europe to go to hospital or go shopping but back at the ranch their own people are and will continue to starve. Showed my domestic lady a picture of our planet on Google World today. She can not understand the concept of the earth floating around on nothing and wanted to know what holds it up. Not her fault. She is a lovely lady who works hard for her living but she has no education. Also not her fault. Problem is that she will pretty much believe whatever you tell her and when asking her she said she is an ANC supporter. When I asked her why she simply said Mandela promised her a better life. This where the sadness comes into it because based on these promises she is a faithful follower and does not question. We all know that this is the reason the Nats did not want education coz educated people ask questions.

  • Rob - 2012-05-07 15:51

    If antibiotics and antiretrovirals are not supplied people don't get treated! I wonder what stories are being passed around amogst those people. After all they may be simple but they are no more stupid than the rest of us. So, what/who do they blame, and who will get credit for sorting it out eventually. Some of those spun out tales will be fantastic fictions for sure!

  • braamc - 2012-05-07 17:18

    The cANCer

  • Muhammed - 2012-05-07 18:23

    I was hoping to read something about accountability and legal recourse but I suppose that they will simply record this and move on with 'business as usual' - as thou nothing out of the ordinary has happened. What a tragic waist of money; the patient being at the greatest loss. The tenderpreneurs are laughing all the way to the bank whilst patients are suffering!!!

  • Machaba.pheladi.edgar - 2012-05-07 18:51

    \The Limpopo department of health said it was aware of allegation\r\nof corruption and tender irregularities\. why are they not doing something to further prevent ongoing corruption*makes ones blood boil.

  • Gavin - 2012-05-07 21:09

    The exact same thing happened in the Eastern Cape towards the end of last year but, from memory, the amount was considerably more than R14 million. At the time, an elderly relative who needs daily medication (and does not have medical aid) was told by the clinic that she would have to pay for her medicine. When she told the nurse that she did not have money, the nurse replied, nonchalantly, ..."Then you will die".

  • summerrose1959 - 2012-05-15 02:54

    Cannot even get any HRT [Hormone Replacement Therapy] Implants anywhere in the country now.... don't know what the women of this country are going to do who need these implants every 5-6 months!

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