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Red Cross lost over R70m of Ebola funds to fraud & corruption

The Red Cross has confirmed that more than R70 million of aid money was lost to fraud and corruption during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

FILE: Medical workers of the Liberian Red Cross, wearing a protective suit, carry the body of a victim of the Ebola virus in a bag on 4 September, 2014 in the small city of Banjol, 30 kilometres of Monrovia. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Red Cross has confirmed that more than R70 million of aid money was lost to fraud and corruption during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Auditors found overpriced supplies, salaries for non-existent aid workers and fake customs bills.

The disease, which raged between 2014 and 2016, claimed at least 10,000 lives.

It required a massive humanitarian operation costing billion to bring it under control.