Casac calls for prosecution of officials linked to COVID-19 relief funds looting

There have been numerous reports of irregularities around COVID-19 relief funds by among others senior government officials, including the presidential spokesperson and Gauteng's MEC for Health.

FILE: Screengrab of Casac's Lawson Naidoo.

JOHANNESBURG – The Council for the Advancement of the Constitution (Casac) is calling on government to prosecute those responsible for looting from COVID-19 relief funds.

There have been numerous reports of irregularities by among others senior government officials.

In the latest report, Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko and Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku have been implicated in tender irregularities.

The Sunday Independent initially reported on how Diko‘s husband was granted a R125 million state personal protective equipment tender by the Gauteng government.

The Dikos and Masuku and his wife are close friends and questions have been asked about the tender.

The Dikos said the tender didn’t proceed and nothing was paid to them.

The African National Congress (ANC) in the province has raised concerns over the matter and has now referred all involved to its integrity commission.

Casac’s Lawson Naidoo said: “There is no substitute for the effective investigation and prosecution by the relevant law enforcement agencies to ensure that those who have transgressed procurement rules and benefitted unduly are held to account.”

All the implicated parities have denied any wrongdoing.

Diko, MEC Masuku, and his wife Loyiso – who is a member of the mayoral council in Johannesburg – have taken leave of absence until the probe into the matter has been finalised.

The PPE tender is one of many under investigation.

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