Gauteng officials to be criminally charged for tender irregularities

Gauteng premier David Makhura. Employees of the province will face criminal charges connected to misconduct in the tender process (Madalene Cronje, M&G).

Gauteng premier David Makhura. Employees of the province will face criminal charges connected to misconduct in the tender process (Madalene Cronje, M&G).

Gauteng officials will be criminally charged for tender irregularities, the provincial health department said.

“The Gauteng Department of Health investigation into alleged wrongful awarding of R32-million security contracts has recommended that criminal charges be instituted against the chairperson…,” it said in a statement.

“It was also recommended that four officials who were part of the BEC (Bid Evaluation Committee) be charged departmentally for their role in the said process.” 

This was revealed by Health Member of the Executive Council (MEC) Qedani Mahlangu in a written reply to questions in the Gauteng legislature.

“The MEC said legal process was underway to terminate the contract of the four companies that were irregularly appointed.”

The companies in question were Might Women Investments (which was awarded a R6-million contract), Skets Projects (awarded a R7-million contract), Mjayeli Security (awarded a R9-million contract) and Bokone Bokone Guarding (awarded a R10-million contract).

This is not the first time the department has come under scrutiny. In 2014, the Gauteng department of health suspended its chief financial officer Ndoda Biyela following “allegations of irregularities relating to procurement.”

- News24 and M&G staff reporter

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