Jack Bloom MPL
DA Gauteng Health Spokesman
R113 million is spent annually on security for Gauteng public hospitals, with all contracts extended on a month to month basis pending a decision on a new security model.
This is revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature.
The most expensive security is at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, which spends R16.9 million every year on security, followed by Chris Hani Baragwanath which spends R12.5 million, George Mukhari (R9.5 million) and Steve Biko (R8.2 million).
Other big spends on security are as follows:
Helen Joseph – R6.5 million
Kalafong – R5.4 million
Leratong – R4.8 million
Tembisa – R4.3 million
Tshwane District – R3.7 million
According to Papo: “The National Health Council took a decision that Provinces should not award any new security contracts whilst a study is underway on the Security Model for the Sector to arrive at the best value for money options. Provinces were directed to extend contracts on a month to month basis while a model is being finalised as provided in the National Treasury general terms and conditions of state contracts.”
I am not convinced that we are getting value for money with these contracts. The exorbitant contracts at Charlotte Maxeke, Chris Hani and George Mukhari all expired two years ago and should have gone out to tender again.
How is it that security at Edenvale Hospital costs R1.4 million a year, while similar size hospitals elsewhere pay three to four times as much?
I suspect corruption in the award of certain security contracts, and a review is needed urgently.