Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has had his say on the corruption linked to tenders issued for COVID-19 relief purposes. Crooked business figures and politicians have been accused of thieving from the R500 billion war chest, which was deployed by the president to help South Africa cope with the devastating effects of the virus.
Tito Mboweni sticks it to COVID-19 looters
It was revealed over the weekend that at least 90 companies were implicated in wrongdoing when it came to honouring their contracts with the government. Some have claimed inflated bonuses for themselves, whereas others have gouged their prices for items like PPE and other medical supplies.
Tito Mboweni laid down the gauntlet on Twitter last night. But these corruption allegations, however, have roots in the office of the presidency. The husband of Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson [Khusela Diko] is accused of profiting from a dodgy R125m agreement with the government, in a tender agreement that has been questioned for its credibility.
Finance Minister issues threat to corrupt tender beneficiaries
Around R2.2 billion has allegedly been lost to the looters so far, and it's enough to turn Tito Mboweni's stomach. He has slammed the 'unscrupulous thieves', and threatened responsible parties by warning them that the government is keeping a close eye on those who are suspected of 'defrauding the state':
"The wrongs being done by unscrupulous thieves must be dealt with decisively. It is time that leadership led without fear, favour, or prejudice. Watch this space… A tender is an ethical contract. It is not a blank cheque to deceive and steal. And stealing from unwell people! During a COVID-19 pandemic! Please, people."
"What kind of people are these criminals? We should be working together to defeat the virus. Not see this as an opportunity to defraud the State and unwell people. We are watching you and there has to be consequences. For sure. Game over!"Finance Minister Tito Mboweni
The wrongs being done by unscrupulous thieves must be dealt with decisively. It is time that leadership led without fear, favour or prejudice. Watch the space.— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) July 26, 2020