SIUSunday Independent reports that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) says it has uncovered a six months looting bonanza between January and July last year that cost the state R13 billion.  

This is the information contained in the report that was released by the organisation last week.  The SIU looked into the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) since the Covid-19 pandemic and found instances of serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of the state institutions, improper or unlawful conduct by officials or employees, and unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money or property.  According to the report, at least 1,774 service providers are under investigation concerning the looting bonanza.  At least 164 contracts awarded to 141 service providers have been finalised to the value of R3 billion, while 1,541 contracts awarded to 777 service providers are still under investigation.  The contracts are estimated to be over R6bn with a further 851 contracts awarded to 856 service providers to the tune of nearly R3bn are yet to be investigated.  As of 2 February 2021, the unit has been able to recover/save the government over R120 million and made 25 referrals for disciplinary action against officials. At least two referrals have been made for executive or administrative action, and 38 referrals have been made to the prosecuting authority.

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