President Cyril Ramaphosa has, following a choice taken by Cabinet at its conference of Wednesday, 5 August 2020, selected a Committee of Ministers to handle allegations of corruption related to the country’s reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.
Chaired by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Solutions, Ronald Lamola, the committee will check out corruption in the procurement of items and services sourced for the function of including and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The consists of the procurement of personal protective devices (PPE).
To help the committee in its assessment of COVID-19- associated procurement, President Ramaphosa has requested all Ministers and Premiers to supply info on the names of companies and details of tenders and contracts that have actually been granted in nationwide departments, provincial governments and public entities throughout the duration of the National State of Catastrophe.
The President has actually directed that these lists need to be provided to the Committee of Ministers as a matter of seriousness today. The Committee will prepare a thorough report which the President means to release as public information.
The Ministerial Committee comprises:
The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services as Chairperson
The Minister in The Presidency
The Minister of Financing
The Minister of Cops
The Minister for Public Service and Administration
The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Standard Affairs
Cabinet’s decision strengthens the decision of the President, revealed in a nationwide address on 23 July 2020, that there must be no theft, no waste and no mismanagement of public funds as the country battles COVID-19
The President warned that the effects for those who broke the law – whether they remain in the general public or private sectors – would be serious.
The people of South Africa need nothing less than full accountability from those who have actually been chosen and appointed to serve them, President Ramaphosa said.
The Cabinet choice will support other measures to detect corrupt activities, consisting of the proclamation signed on 23 July 2020 authorising the Special Investigating Unit to examine any illegal or inappropriate conduct in the procurement of any products, works and services during or associated to the national state of disaster in any state institution.