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DA to ask Ramaphosa to include Gauteng PPE tenders in SIU probe

The party said that all COVID-19 service contracts that were awarded by the Gauteng Health Department should be included in the Special Investigative Unit proclamation announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week.

President Cyril Ramaphosa interacting with communities across the nation through a virtual Presidential Imbizo on coronavirus. Picture: @PresidencyZA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) said that it would write to President Cyril Ramaphosa to ask him to include Gauteng PPE tenders for SIU investigation.

The party said that all COVID-19 service contracts that were awarded by the Gauteng Health Department should be included in the Special Investigative Unit proclamation announced by Ramaphosa last week.

These include a controversial R124 million PPE tender that was awarded to Royal Bhaca Projects, which is connected to the husband of Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko.

The DA's Health spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube: "Therefore we believe that all contracts that have been awarded during this period, if they have anything to do with COVID-19 services, must be reviewed by the SIU as a matter of urgency. Our belief is that we cannot allow these inappropriate contracts to be retrospectively investigated."

President Ramaphosa last week said that he had signed a proclamation to empower the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to clamp down on corruption involving COVID-19 funds.

Ramaphosa said that there were already 36 investigations underway, which included fraudulent Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) claims and overpricing of procurement and fake NGOs. And nine financial intelligence and security agencies have come together to fast track investigations.

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