Gauteng MEC must come clean - DA

2012-11-13 22:37

Johannesburg - Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo must come clean on a senior official charged with fraud of R16m, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

Health spokesperson Mike Moriarty said Papo failed to answer questions on Hans Ramogale, who faces a R16m tender fraud charge and was previously found guilty of procurement irregularities.

"The MEC must answer on progress made in the investigation within the 14-day deadline," Moriarty said in a statement.

"He has not, and therefore has to provide an explanation to a sitting of the Gauteng provincial legislature on Tuesday, 20 November."

Moriarty said his question came after he received information from the health department in May that no action was taken against Ramogale.

He said documents leaked to the media indicated Ramogale was found guilty of procurement irregularities and was given the sanction of a final written warning and a three-month suspension without pay.

"This is a severe penalty, being just short of a dismissal. Mr Ramogale claims to be unaware of such disciplinary action," he said.

"The fact that this matter was conveniently buried until I snooped around and the fact that Mr Ramogale has not been dismissed seems to indicate that he enjoys the protection of someone quite senior in the organisation."

Gauteng health spokesperson Simon Zwane said an internal disciplinary hearing was underway.

"Ramogale is currently on suspension while the disciplinary action is underway.

The department is waiting for the process to be concluded," Zwane said.

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-13 23:33

    Yes i agree... we have a zero tolerance for corruption!

      mark.a.fysh - 2012-11-14 00:39

      I also agree that the citizens of Gauteng (Most of South Africa, I would say, most ANC members included) are gatvol of stories of corruption and the present Criminal- Cadres who get away with it as a matter of course. This Province was once the power-house of Africa and it needs to be restored. This is the piece of land that the British provoked a war for, in their greed for the possession of it's gold. Now we are the milch-cow of the corrupt Government of our own country and it's backwater pals-of-pals Provincial and Local Government (read town and city Councils). Why do we tolerate this public theft?

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-11-14 06:01

      What a bad article. If the tenses were used right, and the sequence indicated with dates, it would make more sense.

      kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-11-14 08:17

      @debduplessis - well you and i may have but our government sure does not know what a zero tolerance for corruption means. the more corrupt the greater the chance that they climb the ladder to the top. a sad story indeed

  • pws69 - 2012-11-14 00:36

    Mike, the ANC have a long history of NOT prosecuting deployed cadres, so why would you think this any different? My only surprise is that Ramogale hasn't been promoted yet, for his "sterling work".

      p.borchard - 2012-11-14 07:57

      And then there are those on News24 who accuse the DA of sensationalism when they question these stinking issues. The ANC is famous for not prosecuting these corrupt officials - if not for the DA, even more would be swept under the carpet.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-11-14 02:53

    his president has set an example, so if his president can steal R2bil, then R16mil is pocket change.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-14 06:13

    Tell the truth? err what is thet

  • pieter.labuschagne.718 - 2012-11-14 07:08

    Why would they discipline? You cannot discipline someone if you yourself have no discipline. That is why nothing happens to thieves who steal the public's hard earned tax money!!

  • quarty.vanzyl - 2012-11-14 07:09

    they are in no hurry to deal with matter...its after all a cANCer cader

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-11-14 07:51

    The problem is not fraud. We know fraud exists and is part of the Anc's culture. The problem is that not only do you tolerate it, but we allow it to continue.

  • kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-11-14 08:15

    another bafoon suspended on full pay until in 10 years time the disciplinary commission has found him not guilty and then reinstates him with a huge salary increase. for the ones who don't understand how much R16m is lets convert it into RDP houses. Assuming that a house costs R75000 it means that he stole money for 213 RDP houses. 213 families who therefore can carry on living in a shack... but hey at the end of the day you get what you voted for.

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