Dr Imran Keeka, MPL
DA KZN Spokesperson on Health:
THE DA has established that despite ongoing assurances by KZN’s Health department, that it has opened three criminal cases relating to allegedly improper CT scanner tender procedures at several major hospitals, there is in fact no evidence of any such action.
The tenders are the subject of an ongoing forensic audit by the Auditor-General. According to a written reply by KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, to questions by the DA, the department has opened four different criminal cases in connection with the matter.
Yet an internal investigation by the DA has revealed that none of the CAS numbers have any connection to radiotherapy machines. Instead;
– CAS 247/08/2013 is for a motor licence issue
– CAS 210/07/2010 is for urinating in public
– CAS 527/03/2011 is for malicious damage to property.
The numbers were all obtained from the Point Police Station – the police station that crime relating to Addington is reported to – or moved to if reported elsewhere.
The DA can only conclude that the MEC and his department are misleading Scopa and the Auditor-General – either wilfully or as a result of poor admin.
During a Scopa meeting held last month, the DA queried whether charges had yet been laid against any offenders. This after the department confirmed in an earlier parliamentary reply to the DA that there was evidence of fraudulent activity in the granting of these tenders.
Despite this, the department is yet to name any individuals or companies through any report tabled before the legislature.
The MEC and his department have some explaining to do.
This blunder threatens to jeopardise the entire forensic audit into improper tender procedures.
We expect the MEC to come clean and to explain why none of the three cases allegedly opened by the DoH have anything to do with CT scanner tenders and how he plans to rectify this.