THE Inkatha Freedom Party in Kwa-Zulu Natal is appalled by Health
Officials refusal to give details of an Ernst and Young forensic report
that propped the awarding of a 93 million rand tender, where equipment
was procured but not delivered.
According to revelations discovered by the KZN Health Portfolio
Committee, the company was commissioned to probe procurement processes,
thereafter individuals were either dismissed or suspended. Further, the
department officials were tight lipped and stated that the report was
with the SAPS.
“During a portfolio committee meeting on Wednesday, 18 October 2012, we
were given a report on the state of affairs at Addington Hospital, also
in this report was a reference to Ernst and Young and the listing of
five individuals who were either suspended or dismissed (as finding of
this report) is said the following:
“Audit firm Ernest and Young were tasked to investigate these
allegations. The outcome of the investigation led to the following:
· CEO – resigned
· Senior Finance Officer – resigned
· Finance Manager- Dismissed
· Foreman- resigned
· HR Manager- final written warning (later transferred to RK Khan)”
I asked the Official for the report, and I was told that the report was
with the police. This report was commissioned in 2008. This is highly
implausible,” said Honourable Dr UshaRoopnarain.
The IFP is ‘shocked and disappointed’ that DOH individuals have refused
to divulge the findings from this forensic report, although individuals
were either dismissed or had resigned.
“This raises the question of how a department can thwart the work of the
portfolio committee by withholding the report. The HOD has told members
that this report was with the police. Members of the Portfolio have
expressed serious concerns surrounding this investigation,” said
Honourable Dr Roopnarain.
The IFP wants this report to be released in its entirety. In a
Parliamentary motion today, the IFP called on for the intervention of
the Health MEC for the R93 million is taxpayers’ money for equipment
that was never delivered. It is totally improper and shocking that
Officials from Department of Health are not forthcoming with information
pertaining to corruption that involves taxpayers monies.