We known as this press conference to share with you information about decisions now we bask in taken about governance issues of our provincial government.
Ahead of we impression that, allow me to update you about our response to COVID-19 in the Eastern Cape province. The report released by Minister Zweli Mkhize perfect evening showed that our province has 193,413 folks which were infected with coronavirus, sadly, now we bask in misplaced 11,150 people, 181,385 people bask in recovered from the virus and now we bask in 878 full of life cases in the Eastern Cape.
Our province has got 8,120 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and 4,920 doses were distributed to Nelson Mandela Academic Sanatorium in Mthatha and 3200 doses were distributed to the Livingstone Sanatorium in Port Elizabeth.
We’re proud as the Eastern Cape province to narrate that this vaccine modified into once examined in the province. We’re proud that both the Clinical College of Walter Sisulu College and the Nelson Mandela Academic Sanatorium took fragment in the research trials of this vaccine. We adore folks that participated in the research trial, we adore scientists of the Clinical College and the workers of the Nelson Mandela Academic Sanatorium for their involvement in the research trial.
We’re additionally proud that for the duration of quarter 2 of this 12 months, this vaccine will seemingly be manufactured in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in our province. It will assign us in a bigger advantage going forward in terms of our vaccination programme. The next day I will seemingly be visiting the Nelson Mandela Academic successfully being center to monitor the open of the vaccination programme in our province.
Governance and administrative issues in the provincial administration
When allegations were made about the government’s procurement of goods and services, I wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa in Would possibly perhaps perhaps simply perfect 12 months, asking him to proclaim the SIU investigation of all allegations made towards the provincial government. Investigations were conducted and departments cooperated with the investigations. The job of the SIU modified into once to search out evidence of wrongdoing, and title these responsible for wrongdoing in the procurement of goods and services.
We additionally demonstrate that, concurrent to these SIU investigations, the Public Protector is additionally conducting investigations on the same issues. We’re tickled that at the national diploma there is a Fusion Centre where they work together and review notes.
In October perfect 12 months, we met with the SIU for an update on the investigations conducted by the Unit in the province. That meeting took position on October 13, 2020 and for the duration of the meeting we instructed the SIU that we wished perfect reports and no longer preliminary reports. The meeting modified into once well-known as a result of as the Premier of this province, I needed to understand the blueprint and growth made in all investigations being conducted by the SIU in our province.
My office got hand-delivered copies of the referral letters from the SIU on February 1, 2021. Once I got the letters from the SIU, I straight acted on them and this modified into once adopted by a meeting with the SIU on February 4, 2021 where they formally tabled the report to me.
Coming up from the meeting, SIU committed on a supplementary submission as a response to readability in quest of questions that were raised in the meeting, and their supplementary submission modified into once got by my office on February 12, 2021. In the report, the SIU submitted serious findings of misconduct towards both the MEC of the Division, Ms Sindiswa Gomba and the former Head of Division, Dr Thobile Mbengashe.
As fragment of their direction of, the SIU referred to the letters concerning their findings about MEC Gomba and Dr Mbengashe to me for me to take an action on the findings. I engaged both MEC Gomba and Dr Mbengashe on the findings of misconduct towards them that were made by the SIU in the report. As fragment of that engagement, I asked both MEC Gomba and Dr Mbengashe to put up representations on why an action must tranquil no longer be taken towards them. They both submitted their representations to me, thereafter I met with them to discuss the action we needed to take that modified into once appropriate below the situations.
The SIU report confirms that there modified into once an award made by the department to the company nonetheless there modified into once no public money spent on the procurement of motorbikes.
Findings on other procurement issues
There were other findings from the investigations conducted by the SIU on the procurement of goods and services by the OR Tambo District Municipality, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Municipality and the Division of Public Works and Infrastructure.
With regards to the findings made towards the two municipalities, we demand the Mayors of these municipalities to take action towards people stumbled on to bask in breached procurement policies and felony pointers, equally, we demand Municipal Councils to be definite apt action is taken by the Municipal administration of these two municipalities.
We welcome the indisputable truth that no irregularities were stumbled on in the procurement of service services by the Division of Public Works and Infrastructure to refurbish our successfully being facilities, work that is tranquil ongoing. Infrastructure upgrades at 66 successfully being facilities were done in our province.
We additionally welcome the indisputable truth that the SIU report confirms that the Provincial government did no longer award a young to an organization of a deceased person because it modified into once wrongly claimed, falsely reported by the On a regular foundation Dispatch; a story that modified into once carried by a quantity of other media properties and commentators that relied on unsuitable and wrong information from the newspaper.
As the provincial government we publicised the record of all service services that we procured goods and services from for the duration of COVID-19 pandemic as fragment of our transparency and accountability dedication. We are capable of continue publishing such lists on quarterly foundation. We did no longer only submit names of corporations, we additionally printed names of directors of these corporations as a result of we don’t bask in the relaxation to veil.
Felony charges towards MEC Gomba and others
We additionally demonstrate that Gomba is one of the people charged by the National Prosecuting Authority for fraud and corruption on a subject linked to the preparations for the funeral and memorial service for the leisurely former President, Nelson Mandela.
Now that the charges were re-enrolled, all persons accused will come by a possibility to handle the charges which were there for a long time. We’re concerned that this case has been there for more than seven years without growth to a diploma where charges were provisionally withdrawn.
It’s rate making this point that, when regulation enforcement agencies investigate allegations of corruption and wrong doing, they must investigate completely, arrest people for prosecution and now to not arrest to investigate as justice delayed is justice denied.
It’s far going to be mandatory to fetch this point as a result of investigating completely will imply, when arrests are made, cases are ready for prosecution so that folks accused can acknowledge to the charges and issues will most certainly be processed by the courts of regulation neatly, in the spirit of justice. It’s no longer in the passion of justice to prolong investigations after people were arrested and dates of trial defend on being postponed.
Decision on MEC Gomba
I engaged Gomba on the findings of the SIU report, and in gentle of the charges she is dealing with after the NPA re-enrolled the charges, I unquestionably bask in taken a decision to alleviate Gomba of her duties as the Member of the Executive Council for the Division of Health.
The decision will allow her time and dwelling to help to the case towards her. This decision is in the handiest passion of the MEC, and of the provincial government. I want to thank Ms Gomba for her service to the people of our province for the duration of her time as the MEC for the Division of Health. She led the Division for the duration of the most considerable and making an strive time of [the] COVID-19 pandemic.
I unquestionably bask in determined to nominate MEC Xolile Nqatha as the Performing MEC for the Division of Health for the time being. The appointment of the MEC of Health to handbook the Division will seemingly be launched in the raze.
Decision on Dr Mbengashe
Findings towards Dr Mbengashe characterize to the work he did when he modified into once the Head of the Provincial Division of Health. I engaged Mbengashe on the findings of the SIU, I asked him to put up representations on the findings. I unquestionably bask in taken a decision that, in gentle of the findings, the representations he made, Mbengashe will seemingly be subjected to a disciplinary action in response to the recommendations of the SIU where he’ll be given a possibility to display his case, acknowledge to the findings of the SIU referring to his actions on the procurement of the motorbikes by the department. We are capable of seem forward to that direction of to conclude.
We welcome the indisputable truth that after investigating these allegations, the SIU referred some of the issues to the Tribunal, others to the NPA for prosecution. The action I unquestionably bask in taken on this subject is to be definite our government attends to all allegations and that folks implicated are held responsible for their actions. In this case allegations were made, we acted and known as for an investigation. Investigations were conducted and now we are appearing on the findings of the report.
There are other investigations which would be tranquil being conducted by the SIU concerning the procurement of goods and services by the provincial government departments and other institutions of government in our province. When reports of these investigations are submitted to me, I will seemingly be aware my thoughts as the Premier of this province and narrate my decision on every subject.
The SIU report that modified into once printed on issues which were investigated by the Unit up to now displays that government is investigating allegations of corruption and wrongdoing and that action is taken when corruption and wrongdoing is stumbled on. We want to be definite that the work of government continues without stains of corruption and wrongdoing. We are capable of continue struggling with corruption and wrongdoing in our government.
I unquestionably bask in instructed the Director Common and the Head of Division of Provincial Treasury to construct a mercurial response crew, together with the Performing HOD of the department of Health to help to ongoing operational and administrative challenges in the department. These differ from failure to pay service services within 30 days.
We help Community Health workers to make utilize of apt channels to fetch their labour issues. Closing down clinics is no longer the apt technique to fetch their concerns. Health facilities belong to the people of this province, no person has a apt to shut them down.
We understand the situation they are dealing with. On the other hand, the financial position of the department makes it no longer doable for them to be absorbed. Appreciating the work they are doing for our people, working with the national department of successfully being, we are exploring all doable solutions to the situation.