South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has set up an investigative ministerial committee to probe alleged corruption in state tenders in the fight against COVID-19.
Corrupt deals between government officials and businesses providing medical equipment, as well as food aid parcels to the poor, have sparked outrage in South Africa, which has the fifth largest coronavirus outbreak in the world.
South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Monday it was investigating irregularities in these contracts, the latest in a series of high-profile graft scandals involving politically-connected individuals.
“The committee will look into corruption in the procurement of goods and services sourced for the purpose of containing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement from Ramaphosa’s office said.
The President’s own spokesperson, Khusela Diko, and a top Gauteng health official have taken leaves of absence after a media report said that Diko’s husband won PPE contracts with the Gauteng government