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SIUNews24Wire reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has received the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report on corruption in the procurement of Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE).

In 2020, Ramaphosa signed a proclamation authorising investigations into widespread corruption in PPE procurement. "The Presidency is studying the report and will keep the public abreast of developments in this matter. The Presidency will do so in a manner that preserves information that may be or become the subject of prosecution, civil action or disciplinary proceedings," Presidency spokesperson Tyrone Seale indicated. Allegations of corruption relating to lucrative PPE tenders and Covid-19 relief funding arose after the pandemic hit in 2020. Millions in public funds were channelled to politically connected companies. "It is expected the SIU report will contain information on matters that have been referred to the National Prosecuting Authority for prosecution; matters that have been referred to relevant departments or entities for disciplinary steps to be taken against their employees, and what monies have been recouped by the SIU. The SIU is empowered in law to take these steps in the course of its work and as soon as it deems fit," Seale said about the final PPE report.

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