JOHANNESBURG - All those found guilty of embezzling COVID-19 funds will be prosecuted.
This is according to President Cyril Ramaphosa.
He was addressing the nation on Thursday on government's strategies to manage the coronavirus pandemic.
An investigations centre has been set up to probe all alleged corruption related to COVID-19 funds.
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Ramaphosa said different arms of the state such as the Financial Intelligence Centre, Hawks, SIU and NPA will work together on the investigations.
The president said investigations into the distribution of food parcels, social relief grants, the procurement of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies, and the UIF special COVID-19 scheme have already begun.
“We are determined that every instance of alleged corruption must be thoroughly investigated, that those responsible for wrongdoing should be prosecuted and that all monies stolen or overpriced are recovered.
The President also signed a special proclamation empowering the Special Investigating Unit to probe any contract or tender implicated in COVID-19 corruption,” said Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa also signed a special proclamation empowering the Special Investigating Unit to probe any contract or tender implicated in COVID-19 corruption.
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“In order to speed up and strengthen the process of dealing with corruption, I have today signed a proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit – the SIU – to investigate any unlawful or improper conduct in the procurement of any goods, works and services during or related to the national state of disaster in any state institution,” said Ramaphosa.