On Thursday, the Hawks have arrested former top Gauteng Department of Health officials for alleged R1.2 billion tender irregularities committed dated 2017.
However, the four were arrested this morning. They are a former head of the Gauteng department who was also an accounting officer at the time, chief director of information communication and technology, head of supply chain management and the deputy director for executive support.
They are accused of receiving kickbacks for their role in ensuring the contract was awarded to an undeserving entity and have been charged with fraud, corruption, money laundering and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act.
The Hawks said case emanates from February 2007 where the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) submitted a proposal to continue with an information technology maintenance programme at the department.
Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase said the total cost of a project like that was not meant to be over R57 million for a period of three years.
“The contract was instead awarded to a private entity at a whopping cost of around R1.2 billion without following due tender procedures.
The said directors are reportedly outside the country but steps have already been initiated to ensure that they are accounted for,” Nkwalase