The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) was granted an order to freeze R7.9 million from two companies "irregularly" awarded tenders by the Gauteng health department to refurbish AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) Hospital for Covid-19 patients.
The SIU on Tuesday said it was granted an order by the Special Tribunal last Friday to freeze the money linked to Pro Serve Consulting and Thenga Holdings.
"The SIU has reasonable grounds to believe the funds are the proceeds of unlawful activity and fall to be forfeited to the State, or otherwise dealt with as part of proposed review proceedings to set aside the contracts of all the PSPs [professional service providers] and contractors involved in the refurbishment of the AGA Hospital," said SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago.
In May, while the hospital was being refurbished, News24 reported it would have 175 intensive care units and high care beds for Covid-19 patients and that, by the end of the project, R500 million would have been invested by the provincial government.
However, in June, the City Press reported that not a single patient had been admitted to the facility due to a shortage of healthcare workers, specifically nurses.
The order obtained by the SIU prohibits both companies from using the money held in bank accounts, in any manner, pending the final review proceedings to be instituted by the SIU within 60 days of the date of the order.