Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi as well as the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) held a press conference on Tuesday with regards to colluding allegations against state attorneys.
According to Sunday Times, state attorneys allegedly collude with private lawyers in elaborate scams to defraud the government by losing cases against the state and settling matters out of court.
Sunday Times also reveals that this form of corruption has cost taxpayers more than R80 billion.
SIU spokesperson Nazreen Pandor says they have found that in medical-legal perpetrations there are sometimes fraudulent claims and that the state attorneys act contrary to the instruction given to them by the department as well as inflated taxation bills.
Pandor says as soon they find elements of criminal activities, those cases will be referred to the Hawks immediately. She says they won't wait till investigations are complete.
Those that are identified they will be referred to relevant authorities and in this case, it will be the Hawks.— Nazreen Pandor, SIU spokesperson
Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says his department is experiencing the most litigation cases as well as Saps and the mines.
He says the number of litigations they received by the end of 2017 could amount to over R60 billion but none of them was paid.
Remember that government ligates through the state attorneys office, we don't do it on our own. And if they decide on the route the case must take then we have a problem.— Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Department of Health Minister
At the press conference, I was emphasising to the Minister of Police that I'm aggrieved because we know there are people that were supposed to be arrested but nobody is being arrested.— Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Department of Health Minister
There were investigations done by the SIU and they confirmed that certain people need to be arrested but nothing is happening.— Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Department of Health Minister
To hear the rest of the conversations, listen below: