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daThe Citizen reports that the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) national oversight tour to healthcare facilities uncovered severe staff shortages, lack of critical care beds and Gauteng spending millions on procuring personal protective equipment (PPE) from companies that did not comply with regulations or simply failed to deliver.  

DA chairperson Natasha Mazzone noted that while R5 billion was lost or misappropriated due to corruption and irregular tender processes, Gauteng also awarded millions of rands worth of tenders irregularly.  According to Mazzone, R4.5 million was paid to companies that did not supply any goods; R5 million was paid for PPE without contracts put in place; R12 million worth of goods were delivered without purchase orders; R82 million worth of supplies were ordered from companies which were not registered with National Treasury’s central supplier database; and R239 million worth of PPE was ordered from companies that were not tax-compliant and with unverified bank accounts.  This has further motivated the party to dismiss the proposed National Health Insurance Bill (NHI).  The DA contends that a compelling case has been made for the rejection of the Bill in its current form by the weakness shown by the health system over the past six months since the outbreak of Covid-19.  Discussions about the NHI Bill will continue in parliament in the coming weeks as the portfolio committee of health resumes the legislative process.

  • Read the full original of the informative report in the above regard by Rorisang Kgosana on page 2 of The Citizen of 10 September 2020

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