A Special Investigations Unit (SIU) report released on Thursday has revealed the details surrounding the alleged corrupt dealings worth 1.2 billion in the Gauteng Health Department during ANC’s Gauteng chief whip Brian Hlongwa's tenure as Health MEC.
The report which investigates the department's conduct between 2006 to 2010, was obtained by Section27 via a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).
The investigation was authorised by then president Jacob Zuma back in 2010 and was only handed to him in 2017.
Karima Brown spoke to Kavisha Pillay, Head of campaigns at Corruption Watch and Executive Director of Section27, Mark Heywood for details.
What this report reveals is the then MEC Brian Hlongwa used his position as MEC to appoint people to key positions within the department including people from one of the implicated firms - 3P Consultants, and then used it to divert major tenders and transactions for the gain of himself and other individuals.— Mark Heywood, Executive Director at Section 27
There have been rumors, allegations and court cases going back to 2012/2013 involving Brian Hlongwe but he is still there as chief whip and sends a message that there is a degree of impunity.— Mark Heywood, Executive Director at Section 27
The report highlights how 3P Consulting provided kickbacks, luxury trips and other corrupt benefits to senior politicians, including Hlongwa.
In terms of 3P Consulting, there were three directors and basically Mr Richard Payne met Hlongwa as far back as 2002, they developed some sort of relationship and there were various gratifications given to Hlongwa and key people in the department, such as luxury trips overseas, upgrades to their houses and various other things. As a result 3P benefited from various tenders from the Department of Health.— Kavisha Pillay, Head of campaigns at Corruption Watch
Essentially 3P seconded 20 of its staff members into the department an done specific individual occupied the position of CFO. Essentially this person was signing off payments to 3P Consulting.— Kavisha Pillay, Head of campaigns at Corruption Watch
Corruption Watch and Section27 say they want Hlongwa to be axed.
We want some form of accountability because it has been ten years and nobody has taken any accountability. From the SIU report there is only out of the 12 officials, only three of them faced disciplinary action. Eight of them had resigned before any actin could be taken and of course Hlongwa was given a coushy political position.— Kavisha Pillay, Head of campaigns at Corruption Watch
Heywood says they have written to the Gauteng Director of Public Prosecutions and the Asset Forfeiture Unit to act on the matter.
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