“It makes no sense that the South African government would make this donation to the Cuban government, when it cannot even provide the bare necessities to local health workers during this crisis.”
From the ANC statement on the outcomes of the National Executive Committee
Ace Magashule, Secretary General, ANC – 4 August 2020
The ANC is outraged and deeply embarrassed by recent allegations that some, including its own leaders and members, have sought to benefit unlawfully from the devastating suffering and impoverishment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
These developments cause us collectively to dip our heads in shame and to humble ourselves before the people. We acknowledge the justifiable public outrage caused by the depravity and heartlessness displayed by some elements in government, our organisation and the private sector.
We unequivocally condemn all forms of corruption, dishonesty and state capture involving the public and private sectors, including collusion, price-fixing, tender fraud, bribery, illicit financial flows, illegal imports and misuse of tax havens. We will comprehensively fight corruption, combining both prevention and punishment. Those who loot public resources must face the might of the law.
Corruption has devastating consequences for our economy and society, impacting on the integrity of our institutions and our leaders and undermining the very moral and ethical basis of our young democracy.
Ethical and moral leadership, in both the public and private sector, will be critical if our collective fight against corruption is to succeed. Leaders and members of the ANC are expected to set an example to society by displaying the highest levels of integrity and revolutionary consciousness.
The moral standing of the ANC has been severely damaged by the conduct of some of its members — who, in fact, do not deserve to be in our ranks. We are committed to draw a clear line between our organisation and those who steal from the people, thereby subverting the very essence and reason for the ANC’s existence as a servant of the people.
Kobus Marais, DA Shadow Minister of Defence – 4 August 2020
The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls on the Department of Defense and Military Veterans to clarify the South African Defense Force (SANDF) donations of “medical material supplies” to the Cuban government.
The ANC government has yet again used millions in public money to seemingly benefit the Cuban government. At the beginning of South Africa’s Covid-19 emergency relief efforts, it came to light that the government would fork out almost half a billion on Cuban doctors to assist in local efforts. Now, it has emerged that the ANC government has donated essential health consumables in the middle of a national health emergency to the very same government.
It makes no sense that the South African government would make this donation to the Cuban government, when it cannot even provide the bare necessities to local health workers during this crisis.
Over the past four months, we have heard shocking reports of frontline health professionals downing tools in protest of the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) at health facilities, doctors and nurses having to reuse PPE at public health facilities, healthcare professionals taking PPE home to clean them and the poor quality of essential health consumables available to doctors and nurses across the country.
Yet, despite these inefficiencies within our local health system, the government deems it appropriate to make these donations worth millions. It is for this reason that the DA is calling for transparency, the public must know the following details:
Why has the government made a donation of medical supplies to the Cuban government considering the challenges with medical supplies in South Africa?
Did the government take the lack of adequate medical supplies in South African health facilities into account when this donation was made?
Was the government satisfied that South Africa had appropriate and sufficient medical supplies by the time the donation was made?
How much did the donation cost the government and where was the money sourced from?
While the DA believes that South Africa has a responsibility to assist those nations in need during this unprecedented time, it cannot be at the expense of those doctors, nurses and health workers who risk their lives every day to keep South Africans safe and to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic.
Furthermore, the DA has also noted a Facebook post by the Cuban embassy in which confirms that the ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule, was present when the SANDF handed over of these questionable donations.
Not only is the DA disturbed by the presence of an ANC office-bearer, with no official role in Government or the military at this handover, we are also concerned that the ANC may have used military and state resources to make donations to the Cuban government.
It is for this reason that the DA calls on the Office of the Public Protector to investigate what this brazen attempt by the ANC to blur party and state lines. The Public Protector has a responsibility to investigate these allegations without fear or favour.
MSN News – 4 August 2020
The state capture of inquiry’s evidence leader advocate Paul Pretorius continued casting doubt on the Free State government’s R255 million asbestos tender, in which former Premier Ace Magashule is considered a central figure.
The contract was for the eradication of asbestos in houses that were issued by the apartheid government back in 2014, before Magashule left office for Luthuli House.
In August 2019, the province’s former economic development MEC Mxolisi Dukwana spilled the beans on the premier’s alleged engagements in relation to the project, and said no due processes were followed.
“The Constitution demands of a government to be very efficient, effective and economical in dealing with the public purse. Every municipality has ward committees, it has Ward councillors. This could have been gathered using the people that are there at a local level without paying a cent. You will then know how many of the houses have asbestos,” he said at the time.
The lucrative contract was scored by engineering consultancy firm Blackhead Consulting and Diamond Hill Trading, a company belonging to Ignatius Mpambani, a Sandton businessman who was gunned down in 2017.
On Tuesday, 4 August 2020, the inquiry delved deeper into Dukwana’s claim – with Pretorius saying they were prompted to investigate which culminated in Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane making findings against the provincial government.
Pretorius said the evidence, most of which would be presented during the course of the week, would show that processes in the contract were entirely flawed.
“It shows a pattern of the ability to identify a moneymaking opportunity using funds of the fiscus to that purpose, an abuse of procurement processes, engagement with officials to facilitate the abuse of the procurement processes”, Pretorius said.