DA demands Gauteng health dept blacklists companies linked to Tembisa Hospital corruption

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  • The Gauteng DA says the health department must blacklist 12 companies for price gouging at Tembisa Hospital. 
  • During answers in the Gauteng legislature, the department said companies were only blacklisted after an investigation report recommended it. 
  • Murdered whistleblower Babita Deokaran raised concerns about the companies that received almost R400 million in tenders over three years.

The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng has criticised the provincial health department for not blacklisting companies implicated in corruption tenders at Tembisa Hospital. 

DA health spokesperson Jack Bloom said it was wrong for the department not to blacklist 12 companies that received R381 million in contracts from Gauteng hospitals over the last three years.

During answers in the Gauteng legislature, Health MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko said: "A company can only be prevented from doing business with the department if the matter has been investigated and if the investigation report recommend that the company must be prevented from doing business with the department." 

News24 previously reported that the companies are linked to Hangwani Morgan Maumela - a family member of President Cyril Ramaphosa - and his relative Aluwani Titus Maumela.  

The Presidency strenuously denied any association, insisting the two had no contact and no relationship.

Of the 12 companies, Hangwani is a director of nine, while Aluwani controls the other three.

READ | Tender tycoon with ties to Ramaphosa family raked in almost R400m from Gauteng hospitals - MEC

A purchase order report attached as an addendum, showed that Tembisa Hospital ordered 50 flat-bottomed round bowls at a cost of R496 555 on 25 May 2020 from Sunshine Gauteng Trading, registered under Aluwani.

On 27 September 2021, Tembisa Hospital ordered 50 stainless steel kidney dishes at R456 960 from Major Goods Suppliers, registered under Hangwani.

Nkomo-Ralehoko previously told the legislature that the companies did not have SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) approval to sell medical products. 

Sahpra has since announced it is investigating "a breach of the Medicines and Related Substances Act".

CEO Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlel said they held public safety up as an important cornerstone of their mandate.

Semete-Makokotle said:

Any transgression in terms of unethical conduct and compromising public safety will be taken seriously and will be fully investigated. Sahpra works alongside law enforcement agencies to ensure that any perpetrators face the consequences of their actions.

Some of the contracts the 12 companies won were identified as "possibly fraudulent" by murdered whistleblower Babita Deokaran.

Deokaran was assassinated outside her house in Johannesburg South last year.

Bloom said there was no need to wait for investigations before blackisting the companies. 

"My view is we don't need to wait for the conclusion of a lengthy investigation as it is already admitted that the companies were not compliant in various ways and should not have got the contracts. This price gouging should surely disqualify companies from any further contracts."

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