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By: Sashnee Moodley
The Special Investigating Unit’s final report on its investigation into the procurement of goods and services by government during the Covid-19 pandemic is now public. President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the release of the report on Tuesday. In 2020 he authorised the SIU to investigate allegations of misuse of Covid-19 funds in government. The SIU investigated 5 467 contracts, totalling R14.3-billion, which were awarded to 3 066 providers. Of those, 2 803 contracts were found to be irregularly awarded. The investigation found that R551.5-million in cash and assets need to be recovered while the possible loss of R114.2-million was prevented owing to the investigation. Ongoing investigations are not included in the report and the SIU hopes to complete all matters between March and April before it hands over a supplementary report to Ramaphosa at the end of June. Ramaphosa said the SIU’s investigation expresses government’s will to root out corruption. →