WATCH: DA lays charges against former KZN Health officials
Durban - The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal has laid charges against former officials in the Health department in KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo for his alleged role in a health R61m tender fraud matter.
A trio of KZN DA leaders, led by provincial leader, Zwakele Mncwango alongside Dr Imraan Keeka and Dr Rishigen Viranna laid the charges at the Durban Central police station on Thursday.
The DA’s spokesperson on health, Dr Rishigen Viranna, said the charges relate to the Public Protector’s report into the tender fraud to the tune of R61 million.
Viranna said the report found, among others things the charges relate tothe procurement of four mobile hospital units for the province constituted irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure.
“The finding is a slap in the face for KZN’s people, who have been let down by the very people who were supposed to ensure financial accountability within the province’s health sector,” he said.
Speaking to The Mercury, Dhlomo said he had not had time to read through the findings in the PP’s report.
“I am busy with the parliamentary process of school opening until Friday. I will look at that report over the weekend. Only after that maybe I will comment,” Dhlomo said.
The initial complaint was lodged with the PP's office in June 2015 by both the DA and the IFP @TheMercurySA— LoisLane 📝📸 (@seannerall) January 16, 2020
The PP's report states that the KZN DOH failed to establish if the amount paid for the units was market related & whether the cost incurred was justified @TheMercurySA— LoisLane 📝📸 (@seannerall) January 16, 2020
According to the PP report, the KZN DOH awarded a tender to Mzansi Lifecare and Mobile Satellite Technologies to provide mobile units to the KZN DOH. @TheMercurySA— LoisLane 📝📸 (@seannerall) January 16, 2020
The expenditure incurred for the purchase of the units amount to R32m which the DA has called 'fruitless & wasteful expenditure' @TheMercurySA— LoisLane 📝📸 (@seannerall) January 16, 2020