| ‘It’s now not always ethical!’ Readers give their views on ‘relatives and state tenders’ | ‘It’s now not always ethical!’ Readers give their views on ‘relatives and state tenders’

Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku presides over the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) donations from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in July.

Gauteng Properly being MEC Dr Bandile Masuku presides over the Personal Holding Instruments (PPEs) donations from United International locations Model Programme (UNDP) in July.

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  • News24 readers judge relatives of executive officials may maybe quiet now not be allowed to raze alternate with the state.
  • Extra than 120 readers took section in a dialogue on the self-discipline in the comments section of a piece of writing that asked for his or her views.
  • Readers get severe concerns in regards to the transparency of the state’s soft processes.

With the ANC below fire for allegations of corruption in the procurement of Covid-19 deepest defending equipment (PPE) contracts, News24 readers judge that relatives of executive officials may maybe quiet now not be allowed to raze alternate with the state.

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Readers had been asked whether or now not the country’s soft processes may maybe quiet allow for relatives of executive officials to contend with state tenders. The monumental majority of extra than 120 readers who took section in the dialogue, agreed that it’ll quiet now not be allowed.

“If the teenagers and relatives of senior ANC politicians are genuinely such alternate consultants to beat all other tenders for a executive contract, they’d maybe quiet additionally be ready to be highly successful in the occasion that they raze alternate in the deepest sector. They resulting from this fact raze now not have to raze alternate with executive and may maybe now not raze alternate with executive,” wrote News24 reader Wynand Kok.

A reader with the username Ntombi Mzansi argued: “It’s now not always devoted or ethical in a constitutional democracy, so mustn’t even be arrangement to be an choice. No longer to point out that SA officials are already overpaid when compared with most other worldwide locations. The ANC has, by itself, destroyed itself, and with it the wishes and livelihoods of its folks. Vote them out!”

Readers additionally had concerns in regards to the transparency of soft processes and a few instructed extra sturdy vetting of functions.

“I don’t care who gets the soft, so long as they won it pretty and raze a factual job. The self-discipline for me with tenders is extra across the procurement course of. How can we raze it extra sturdy and professional in notify that it’s now not initiate to electrify? My arrangement is that there have to be a centralised body that oversees all executive procurement. The organisation may maybe even be a Chapter 9 institution. It have to be linked to each and every the Auditor-General and the NPA and be guilty auditing procurement,” argued a reader with the username LawrenceJ.


Reader Neil Kennard-Davis instructed that Financial Intelligence Centre guidelines have to be consulted to resolve concepts to address politically uncovered folks (PEPs) who apply for state contracts.

“Among other things it namely mentions: ‘Households of PEPs may maybe quiet additionally be given special attention by guilty institutions. The term “families” involves stop relatives, equivalent to spouses, teenagers, fogeys and siblings and may maybe additionally embody other blood relatives and relatives by marriage.’

“That have to be obvious ample,” wrote Kennard-Davis.

Closing month, two contributors of the ANC’s management in Gauteng had been hauled sooner than the provincial integrity committee (PIC) following experiences that the husband of presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko, Chief Madzikane II Diko, had been awarded a R125-million Gauteng health division soft to present PPE.

The division is headed by Bandile Masuku who, along with his partner, Metropolis of Johannesburg MMC (member of the mayoral committee) Loyiso Masuku, has a stop relationship with the Dikos.

Metropolis Press additionally revealed that in the Free Assert, ANC secretary-overall Ace Magashule’s sons, as smartly as a necessity of his stop allies, scored monumental PPE contracts.

“Relatives and somebody else have to be allowed to fabricate state division’s purchases, and masses others, however easiest when every executive bewitch is marketed on a dedicated files superhighway websites where every soft submitted and every enlighten placed is initiate to public scrutiny on the websites,” wrote Anton William.

“That transparency will end the continuation of blatant theft thru underhand purchases and every person will get an equal probability whether or now not or now not they’re section of the political management and their families.”

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