Mabuza: SIU probing nearly R5bn worth of contracts related to COVID-19 graft

Deputy President David Mabuza said that government had thrown its full weight behind efforts to fight corruption.

FILE: Deputy President David Mabuza responding to oral questions in the National Assembly in Cape Town on 17 October 2019. Picture: @DDMabuza/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President David Mabuza confirmed that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) was investigating billions of rands in COVID-19 corruption and has called on all South Africans to help in the fight against ongoing corruption.

Mabuza was responding to questions in Parliament on Thursday.

"The SIU is currently investigating up to R5 billion worth of contracts alleged to have been improperly awarded to various companies, nationally, provincial departments as well as municipalities."

Mabuza said that government had thrown its full weight behind efforts to fight corruption.

"The fusion centre, which is a multi-disciplinary team of law enforcement agencies has been established to investigate COVID-19 corruption in particular. As government, we continue to provide the necessary support to these enforcement agencies."

WATCH: Deputy President Mabuza answers questions in Parliament


Meanwhile, opposition parties in Parliament called on government to make arrests and prosecute the main players involved in COVID-19 corruption.

The ANC in Gauteng has barred former Health MEC Bandile Masuku and presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko from participating in any party activities for their role in alleged COVID-19 related corruption.

But the DA's Natasha Mazzone contended that the punitive measures seen so far did not go far enough.

"When are we finally going to to see a big fish, not some little no one in a department that means nothing to anyone, when are we going to see a premier, an MMC, a MEC or a minister finally being suspended pending the outcome of an investigation for stealing money?"

The ACDP's Kenneth Meshoe wanted answers to know why corruption was not being detected to begin with.

"What I want to know deputy president, is why government - through the Department of Planning, Monitoring, Planning and Evaluation, that is mandated to monitor service delivery - could not detect that massive corruption was taking place under their noses and what measures have been put in place to ensure that such inordinate levels of corruption are never experienced again?"

But the deputy president responded by saying that there was a plan.

"The president has put a plan in place and all of us are going to rally around this plan and try and do something to change our situation."

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