SIU makes 33 disciplinary referrals in investigations into R193 million procurement contracts in Limpopo health

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head Advocate Andy Mothibi.
Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head Advocate Andy Mothibi.
Tebogo Letsie, Gallo Images, City Press
  • The SIU has given an update on several investigations into corruption and irregularities in contracts  in Limpopo.
  • In the department of health, it made 33 disciplinary referrals and 10 NPA referrals. 
  • The unit also investigated allegations of Covid-19 related graft.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has made 33 disciplinary referrals - and 10 referrals to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) based on investigations into R193 million procurement contracts for personal protective equipment (PPE) in the Limpopo Department of Health. 

Last week, the head of the SIU, Andy Mothibi, visited the province and updated the premier, Stan Mathabatha, on a number of investigations which have been concluded. 

The investigations relate to corruption and irregularities in contracts at several municipalities, government departments and allegations of Covid-19 related graft.

The investigations into PPE procurement in the province focused  on 60 Covid-19 contracts, totalling at least R486 million, and involves 42 service providers.

"These investigations are now in the support phase. Essentially, the investigations have been concluded … now we are busy either with the civil litigation process [and] the investigators are supporting that process to ensure that there are recoveries. If we have made referrals for disciplinary action, those matters are receiving attention, and if we have made referrals to the NPA, those matters are also receiving attention," Mothibi said.

ALSO READ | Three senior Gauteng govt officials face charges over R431m school decontamination tenders

News24 approached the department for comment on whether any disciplinary action had been instituted and were redirected to the office of the premier. 

“There are also outcomes in the Department of Health. These are mainly around PPE investigations. NPA referrals there are 10, disciplinary referrals there are 33, administrative referrals, this is for Blacklisting, is one company and the value of the contracts to be set aside is about R193 million.

"We have made about six (6) Competition Commission referrals. We have also made thirty-one (31) referrals to the South African Health Product Regulatory Authority," Mothibi said. 

Eight referrals were also made to SARS.

"This is because we found that there are companies that do business with the department and they don't comply with the laws that regulate either income tax or Pay AS You Earn (PAYE) and all of those other matters that are administered by the SARS," he said.

During a briefing last week, the premier said officials, who had been referred for disciplinary action, would face serious consequences. 

In a statement on Monday, he added that he was pleased with the SIU's progress. 

The premier said:

The progress made so far is pleasing and works very well in making our endeavours of bringing accountable public service to reality.

The SIU has also concluded its investigations into irregular contracts at Roads Agency Limpopo.

SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said they made 12 referrals to the Asset Forfeiture Unit, to the value of R84 million, and requested that 13 companies be blacklisted. 

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that 33 disciplinary referrals were made, not 33 staff members referred for disciplinaries. We apologise for the error.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
Voting Booth
Facebook is facing a fresh crisis after a former employee turned whistle-blower leaked internal company research. Do you still use Facebook?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Yes, the benefits outweigh the risk for me
32% - 1879 votes
No, I have deleted it
38% - 2213 votes
Yes, but I am considering deleting it
30% - 1744 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.