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SIUNews24 reports that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has welcomed the dismissal of a senior Gauteng health department official for her alleged involvement in a tender scandal surrounding the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE).

According to the SIU, Thandiwe Pino, chief director of supply chain and asset management at the Gauteng Department of Health, was dismissed for her alleged involvement in the irregular awarding of contracts by the department in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The SIU investigated allegations of maladministration, greed, nepotism and corruption in the appointment of service providers by the Gauteng Department of Health to supply PPE and related goods and services. According to the allegations referred by the Office of the Premier in Gauteng in March 2020, the department irregularly awarded a contract to the value of R125 million to Royal Bhaca Projects. Ledla Structural Development, a company with links to Royal Bhaca, was appointed to provide PPE valued at R139 million and Beadica 423 was awarded a contract to supply PPE valued at R68 million. The investigation revealed that proper procurement processes were not followed in awarding the contracts by the former chief financial officer Kabelo Lehloenya and Pino. Lehloenya resigned when the allegations surfaced. The Special Tribunal granted a preservation order to the SIU to freeze her pension benefits pending the finalisation of civil action against her. The SIU referred the evidence against Pino to the department for disciplinary action and was informed that Pino was found guilty on the disciplinary charges and a sanction of dismissal was imposed.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nicole McCain at News24

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