Car wash, pub among companies that won PPE tenders

A car wash, a pub and a bakery - among the companies that got tenders to provide personal protective gear to government. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - A car wash, a pub and a bakery - among the companies that received tenders to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to government.

The South African Revenue Service is investigating 300 companies awarded tenders worth R2-billion.

Less than 30% of them are tax compliant.

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A 30-year-old was awarded a contract worth R125-million.

Meanwhile, tenders worth R1.2-billion under investigation by Sars, were awarded to companies which are politically connected.

“It’s all kinds of shenanigans that they play. Not declaring income from PPE even though they get it from the government, they still choose to cheat the government. They have outstanding tax returns, they file fraudulent or incorrect returns. They obtain tax certificates by fiddling the system, and they are not registered for VAT,” said Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter.

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With a more than 70% backlog in specialised crimes courts, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says 12 more courts will be needed to speed up prosecutions in COVID-19 related corruption.

The Auditor-General says he too will be providing a damning report in the next two weeks on the extent of the dodgy transactions.

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