Zondo says PPE corruption reports are 'frightening', laments lack of corruption prosecutions

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
SABC
  • Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has raised concerns about PPE corruption tenders. 
  • He says the corruption continues to happen, and "nothing ever happens". 
  • This week, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu released damning findings on Covid-19 relief funding.

The chairperson of the state capture commission of inquiry, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, has raised concerns about the reported rampant looting in personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement.

"My concern is, it would appear that a lot of people in the country don't really care about who has what powers when it comes to wrongdoing," Zondo said during the appearance of ANC MP Vincent Smith who was testifying on Bosasa-related issues on Friday.

Zondo's comments came after Smith said there was a public finance management act that "is very clear on how public funds must be spent and the consequences thereof".

READ | Ramaphosa says ANC members should 'dip our heads in shame'

Smith added Parliament had given the Auditor-General extensive powers post-2013 wherein he had abilities to raise matters with law enforcement.

"I think that would be a deterrent and no minister will in future, will not want to be found wanting to be referred to the SIU or whatever the case might be. I believe that is the step in the right direction," he said. 

Evidence

But Zondo said the commission had been sitting since 2018, hearing evidence of wrongdoing and corruption.

"You would not think that the kind of corruption that we are told about in regard to PPE would be happening.

"But it is like you say. Nothing will happen so we can just continue as normal, nothing will happen and that may well be people they look around and say 'what has happened to who?' - people do things and nothing ever happens. So we will do them, nothing will ever happen."

READ | Zuma rips into Ramaphosa's corruption letter

He said this was "quite concerning".

"I mean if what one reads in the media about PPE corruption [it] is frightening."

Zondo added this was happening at a time when the country had law enforcement agencies who specialised in corruption "but people just don't care".

This week, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu released damning findings on Covid-19 relief funding which details the extent of the rot surrounding PPE tender procurement processes, News24 reported.

His office found clear signs of overpricing, unfair processes and potential fraud in government procurement.

Makwetu said pre-existing deficiencies in the south chain processes of government were applied by the introduction of emergency procurement processes allowed for PPE.

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
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Will you continue to use WhatsApp following the company announcing a change terms of service which would force users to share personal data?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, the terms of service do not bother me enough to switch
53% - 8105 votes
No, I will be switching over to a new service
43% - 6676 votes
I've never used WhatsApp
4% - 609 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
14.95
(+1.21)
ZAR/GBP
20.36
(+1.04)
ZAR/EUR
18.13
(+0.87)
ZAR/AUD
11.53
(+0.92)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(+1.55)
Gold
1836.13
(+0.01)
Silver
25.10
(+0.60)
Platinum
1097.50
(+1.06)
Brent Crude
54.74
(-0.64)
Palladium
2381.50
(+0.89)
All Share
63887.65
(+0.27)
Top 40
58647.50
(+0.17)
Financial 15
11959.32
(+0.46)
Industrial 25
85605.39
(+0.93)
Resource 10
62707.54
(-0.81)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo