JOHANNESBURG - The Public Protector is investigating the controversial Eastern Cape scooter ambulance purchase.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane says her office is working with the Auditor-General on the R10-million project.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said last month the scooter ambulances don't meet the basic criteria for transporting patients.
The Eastern Cape health department defended its decision to spend millions on the scooter project.
Mkhwebane said her office "has over the last four months seen a rapid surge in the number of complaints of conduct and service failure relating to the pandemic".
"We have been consistent in our call on the bureaucracy to exercise prudence when it comes to spending public funds on COVID-19 related goods and services," Mkhwebane said in a statement.
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