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Nine suspects linked to a multi-million tender fraud from Gauteng Health Department to appear in court
2021/12/07

 

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS) 

 

PRETORIA – The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation has again rounded off nine suspects inclusive of former Gauteng Department of Health senior and executive officials, private individuals and entities on charges of fraud, corruption, more laundering and a pattern of racketeering activity perpetuated against the Department. Eight of the nine have handed themselves over at Johannesburg Central SAPS for processing and will thereafter appear at Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court. The ninth is said to be out of the country and the process of applying for his extradition is in progress.

This forms part of the second leg of investigation into allegations of gross irregularities committed at the Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH), between the period of 2006 and 2010.

The case was referred to the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation unit by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) in September 2011 for further criminal investigation.

The department awarded several contracts to an entity or juristic person which was initially meant for a period of two years, at a cost of R68 million (incl. VAT) per annum. However, this amount was allegedly overspent to the tune of R221 million without any consequences to the individuals involved.

The main contract was the establishment of a “Project Management Unit (PMU)” which was first awarded on the 04 July 2007 and was extended again on 17 February 2009 for another three years without putting it out on an open tender and at a cost of approximately R273 million per annum.

Several senior and executive officials of the department allegedly received gratifications from the main service provider and subcontractors in the form of cash, loans, gifts and all-expense paid holiday local and international trips. It is further alleged that none of the Gauteng Health Department officials ever declared such gifts.

 The first leg of the investigation was concluded in October 2020, when four senior officials from the Gauteng Health Department, Sybil Ngcobo, Mmakgosi Mosupi, Valdis Romaano and Obakeng Mookeletsi were charged for similar offences and appeared at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court for corruption charges worth R1.2 billion tender. They will appear again on 28 January 2022.

The National Head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya applauded the team for the arrest and said “ Although this investigation had challenges of its own, I am satisfied that our prioritisation has resulted in securing the attendance of the accused who shall also face the charge of pattern of racketeering activity which is in general terms organised crime. The investigation team and prosecutors are commended for the efforts invested in the matter since prioritisation”.

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