'Watch this space': Mboweni warns of consequences for theft of Covid-19 relief funds

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni took to Twitter on Sunday to condemn the theft of Covid-19 relief funds.  (Gallo Images/Ziyaad Douglas)
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni took to Twitter on Sunday to condemn the theft of Covid-19 relief funds. (Gallo Images/Ziyaad Douglas)
Gallo Images/Ziyaad Douglas
  • Finance Minister Tito Mboweni took to Twitter on Sunday to condemn the theft of Covid-19 relief funds. 
  • He believes theft should be "dealt with decisively". 
  • The tweets followed a promise by President Cyril Ramaphosa that "very, very severe consequences" are in store for those found guilty of theft or corruption relating to Covid-19 relief funds.


"What kind of people are these criminals?"

This was a line from one of three late-night tweets by Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni on Sunday evening about corruption involving Covid-19 tenders.

The minister took to Twitter on Sunday evening to tweet about the theft of funds, a few days after President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed "very very severe consequences" for corruption Covid-19 relief funds.

In his address on Thursday evening, the president said fraud and corruption remain a concern even with the money being safeguarded by measures put in place by the Auditor-General.

"What concerns me, and what concerns all South Africans, is those instances where funds are stolen and misused – where goods we have to procure are diverted, or food parcels are stolen from needy households," he said. 

Mboweni, meanwhile, tweeted on Sunday evening that a a tender is an "ethical contract and not a blank cheque to deceive and steal".

He did not provide any more information about what he meant by "consequences". 

Mboweni's tweets come amid concerns over corruption involving tenders for Covid-19 relief.

Last week, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala stated at a media briefing that nearly R30 million had been uncovered in irregular expenditure for personal protective equipment and blankets by the province’s social development department.

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