The bank accounts of at least 39 companies involved in Covid-19 tender fraud in Gauteng have been frozen.
This follows after the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) obtained an order from a special tribunal on Thursday that the companies may not trade from their bank account.
Under the order, the companies’ contracts to supply Covid-19 equipment, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), to the Gauteng government are also canceled.
An order issued by the Special Investigating Tribunal places Kabelo Lehloenya, the former chief financial officer of the Gauteng health department, as a central figure in corrupt and illegal tender transactions at the Gauteng health department.
The Director of the World Health Organization said in a statement to media that corrupt practices around medical safety gear for Covid-19 health workers is tantamount to “murder”.
Tedros Adhanom said that “Any type of corruption is unacceptable,”. “However, corruption related to PPE, for me it’s actually murder. Because if health workers work without PPE, we’re risking their lives. And that also risks the lives of the people they serve. “So it’s criminal and it’s murder and it has to stop,” Adhanom said.