gautengNews24 reports that some 184 Gauteng Department of Health staff members have private businesses that have dealt with government departments including their own.  

This was indicated by the Gauteng Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) health spokesperson, Jack Bloom, in a statement on Sunday.  The Gauteng Department of Health revealed this in a reply in the Gauteng legislature in response to questions from Bloom.  Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku indicated that staff members were involved in a wide range of businesses, including medical supplies, security, funeral services, food, events, management, health and medical publishing, and emergency care.  The 184 employees concerned were identified through the Auditor General's report of 2018/19.  Bloom expressed concern about staff doing business with the department, which he said has been the subject of "many corruption scandals".  Masuku has since requested the department head to provide a detailed report by 14 October, which is expected to shed light on which contracts were involved, how much money was paid out in respect of each of them, and whether any disciplinary action has been taken.

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