Mike Moriarty, MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Finance
No action was taken against an official in the Gauteng Health Department who was implicated in the award of a corrupt tender because the report was not handed over to the right authority.
This official now faces disciplinary action after I asked questions about this report to Gauteng Health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe.
In a written reply she reveals that in December 2009 a forensic audit undertaken by the Gauteng Shared Services Centre (GSSC) concluded that a senior official, Mr Hans Ramogale, facilitated the award of a R16m contract to Isindingo Security Services in spite of them failing to meet tender requirements.
The audit report further concluded that there was an apparent corrupt relationship between Mr Ramogale and the representative of Isindingo Security Services. Accordingly, the auditors recommended disciplinary action against Mr Ramogale, and that criminal charges be laid.
According to Mekgwe: “The report was not handed over to the Directorates Internal Control or labour Relations. The report was never included in the database of forensic audits for Health. Therefore no action was in initiated against the official concerned.”
This is a threadbare excuse for why no action was taken for nearly three years. It seems that Ramogale enjoyed protection and I would like to know why this is the case.
This official has evaded disciplinary action because one department doesn’t communicate with another. In so doing the government has effectively rewarded corruption.
MEC Mekgwe has now promised that action will be taken and the Democratic Alliance will monitor this to ensure that it does happen
I find it incredible that there is no collective responsibility in Premier Nomvula Mokonyane’s government. The Premier must undertake to complete the job of tackling this specific incident of corruption and also investigate whether there has been a cover up or negligence.