R500 million irregular security contracts extended at Gauteng hospitals
6 July 2017
Security contracts for Gauteng hospitals and contracts that cost more than R500 million a year have been extended since September last year despite a forensic audit finding that they were irregularly awarded.
According to a written reply by Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature, the contracts were awarded on 1 October 2014 and were supposed to end on 31 September 2016.
The contracts cover 34 hospitals and 188 clinics, and cost R525 million from October 2015 to September 2016.
Ramokgopa says that according to legal advice the Department gave implicated companies opportunity to make representations. One of the companies abandoned site before the investigation could be finalized and and another company was exonerated.