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DATE: 19 JULY 2021
HEALTH PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE WELCOMES DISMISSAL OF SENIOR OFFICIAL IN THE GAUTENG HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Health Portfolio Committee of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature welcomes the dismissal of the senior official in the supply chain unit of the department of Health in Gauteng for the official’s role in the awarding of illegal PPE tenders.
The portfolio committee view this as a positive step in the fight against corruption and hope this will go a long way in arresting the scourge of corruption in our departments. The portfolio committee has always advocated for the department to apply consequence management when supply chain laws are contravened and processes deliberately disregarded.
The portfolio committee would like to see other aspects of consequence management applied in this case such as the recovery of the stolen money or assets forfeited to the state and the blacklisting of the official concerned to prevent the official from resurfacing in another government department or another provincial administration.
The portfolio committee’s main concern is the lack of proper systems in the department of health which should ordinarily prevent this kind of corrupt practices by being detected before incurring any expenditure. The portfolio committee will further engage the department on its plans in the fight against corruption through parliamentary channels such as committee meetings and public hearings.
ISSUED BY THE GPL’S COMMUNICATIONS UNIT ON BEHALF OF CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE OF HEALTH, HONOURABLE DR REBECCA PHALADI-DIGAMELA
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GAUTENG PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE