President Ramaphosa appoints a committee to look into allegations of Covid-19 corruption

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President Matamela Ramaphosa has appointed a Committee of Ministers to deal with allegations of corruption associated with the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and allegations of tender irregularities and corruption. 

The committee is given a task to look into corruption in the procurement of goods and services sourced for the purpose of containing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“To assist the committee in its assessment of COVID-19-related procurement, President Ramaphosa has requested all Ministers and Premiers to provide information on the names of companies and details of tenders and contracts that have been awarded in national departments, provincial governments and public entities during the period of the National State of Disaster.”

“The President has directed that these lists must be provided to the Committee of Ministers as a matter of urgency this week. The Committee will prepare a comprehensive report which the President intends to release as public information” said the presidency.

The Ministerial Committee comprises:

•    The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services as Chairperson 
•    The Minister in The Presidency 
•    The Minister of Finance 
•    The Minister of Police 
•    The Minister for Public Service and Administration 
•    The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs 

They added that the cabinet’s decision reinforces the determination of the President, expressed in a national address on 23 July 2020, that there should be no theft, no wastage and no mismanagement of public funds as the country fights COVID-19. 

President Ramaphosa said that consequences will be enforced against anyone found guilty of any wrongdoing by law, irrespective of their position, public or private sector.

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