SIU probes 102 Gauteng companies for fraud

 

A recently-released COVID-19 report shows many companies were set up just in time to benefit from them. 102 companies in Gauteng alone are being probed by the Special Investigating Unit

JOHANNESBURG - A recently-released COVID-19 report shows many companies were set up just in time to benefit from tenders.

In Gauteng, 102 companies are being investigated by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) amid a slew of allegations of rampant tender corruption.

Over R2.1-billion was spent in deals between April and July.

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Gauteng’s COVID-19 expenditure disclosure report has raised more questions than it's given answers.

It’s the list of vendors that has raised several worrying red flags.

For example, several companies appear to have been set up just in time to benefit from the COVID-19 procurement funds.

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Many of the 358 listed vendors have no internet profile or are listed as providing services unrelated to the tenders the Gauteng government has awarded them.

Another question mark is over the eight suppliers who were only contracted in July, but nevertheless got tenders worth R58.4-million.

Gauteng Government spokesperson Thabo Masebe says a report from the SIU, when the investigation is complete, will be able to answer these.

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