The Gauteng Health Department has paid 59 security firms R2.6 billion for contracts to guard public hospitals that had been purported to trot out 5 years prior to now but like allegedly been irregularly extended every month.
This used to be printed by Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi in a written reply to questions posed by DA spokesperson on health, Jack Bloom, in the Gauteng Legislature currently.
Per Mokgethi, the distinctive two-year contracts had been intended to trot out in September 2016. Alternatively, Mokgethi had no longer in the written reply that “due to the vital nature of the products and companies, there used to be a need for extension of contracts, therefore the carrier rendered wants to be paid.”
Mokgethi acknowledged that in 2016 the department had marketed for new security contracts, however the tender used to be therefore cancelled. One other tender used to be marketed on 11 September closing year but “due to the excessive volume of the responses as smartly as the reasonably a form of phases of evaluation direction of, it’s at the final stage.”
“Here is highly miserable administration of security tenders which appear to be grossly overpriced and can had been reviewed 5 years prior to now. One instance is R3 million spent every month for security at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Scientific institution, which is ridiculously excessive and used to be unable to live R30 million theft of copper pipes following the fire there in April this year,” Bloom acknowledged.
“Every year the Auditor-Identical outdated is important of gargantuan irregular spending by the department, including about R600 million of health heart security contracts that had been extended on a month by month basis for 5 years,” he acknowledged.
“The department can put reasonably a form of money by unparalleled opinions of security contracts to affect particular that mark for money and effectiveness. Far too a lot is spent wastefully when every penny is wished to provide first price health care for sufferers who undergo from products and companies in our health heart and clinics.