The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Mpumalanga said it opened a fraud and corruption case against eight officials from the provincial department of health in relation to alleged corruption around a R648 million tender.

The political party said, on Tuesday, 8 June, that it welcomes the decision made by the South African Police Service (SAPS) to summon officials in question to submit statements regarding the alleged fraud.

Mpumalanga SAPS confirmed the existence of the fraud and corruption case but wished to make it clear that no arrests have been made.

“Police in Mpumalanga would like to categorically state that they did not arrest any official from the Department of Health as depicted in the media statement issued today by the Economic Freedom Fighters in Mpumalanga,” said SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.

Hlathi said that it is true that a fraud and corruption case was laid by the political party at the Nelspruit Police station last week and an investigation is currently underway.

According to SAPS, the EFF was informed about the developments of the investigation and police are obtaining statements and intend to work closely with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for guidance in this matter.

R648 MILLION TENDER

The EFF said its case is against two high ranking officials at the Mpumalanga health department and six Bid Evaluation and Bid Adjudication Committee Members, who allegedly participated in the irregular appointment of a company for a tender worth R648 million.

“The company does not meet the mandatory requirements for the tender worth R648 million for outsourcing of procurement management, warehousing and distribution of pharmaceuticals and surgical sundries and the management of information for the provincial department of health for a period of three years,” said EFF Mpumalanga in a statement.

The political party called on SAPS to fast track the investigation and referred to the alleged corruption as a “very serious crime against humanity” as it affects the medical depot, which many Mpumalanga residents rely on for medication and a “healthy life.”

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Presh JM Reporter

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