By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on Thursday said it had saved the Gauteng Department of Health more than R126 million in illegal personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts.
This comes after the SIU successfully instituted civil matters in the Special Tribunal to declare that millions of rands held in bank accounts of 20 companies and entities be forfeited to the state.
In December, the controversial PPE tender awarded to Ledla Structural Development and three others was reviewed and subsequently set aside and cancelled.
This followed the findings by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) that contracts were irregularly awarded to Ledla Structural Development, which is a "proxy" for Royal Bhaca Projects, a company owned by Madzikane ll Thandisizwe Diko, the husband of presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko.
The multimillion-rand personal protective tender was issued by the health department in the province.
At the time, the tribunal also ruled that the money held in the bank accounts of Ledla Structural Development and three other respondents be forfeited to the state.
On Thursday, the Special Tribunal delivered another judgment, with Judge Billy Mothle ordering companies and individuals that received money from the health department through Ledla Structural Development to pay back the money.
The following companies and individuals were ordered to forfeit the money, paid to them by Ledla, back to the Gauteng Department of Health:
- Vivid Sights Projects (Pty) Ltd: R39,000
- PNE Graphics CC: R60,000
- Maela Distributors and Projects CC: R938,415
- PHM Holdings (Pty) Ltd: R10,100
- NUTRI K (Pty) Ltd: R85,875
- Hellmann Worldwide Logitics (Pty) Ltd: R5,450,000
- Double Click BTC (Pty) Ltd: R308,885
- Skyline Contractors (Pty) Ltd: R550,000
- XC Logic (Pty) Ltd: R400 000
- Ronan Barashi: R400,000
- Yuchang Xiao: R200,000
- Xingyu Plastic Recycling (Pty) Ltd: R126,000
- Mortz Marketing Enterprise CC: R120,000
- Injemo Engineering and Plastic Products (Pty) Ltd: R125,000
- API Property Group (Pty) Ltd: R250,000
- Mutasa Tool and Die Engineering (Pty) Ltd: R10,000
- Mr/Mrs Yonglian Lin: R129,400
- Mr Mapiti Aaron Malopa: R250,000
- Manikensis Investments 6 (Pty): R108,100
- K Manufacturing and Supply (Pty) Ltd: R16,500,000
- Home Vision Projects (Pty) Ltd: R1,393,200
In terms of K Manfucaturing and Supply, the tribunal found that the company had received R16,500,000 from Ledla on 3 August last year and paid out R8 million to other companies and individuals on the same day through distribution.
Meanwhile, seven individuals and companies which are said to have also received payment from Ledla have been cleared of any wrongdoing. These are:
- Mediwaste Packaging (Pty) Ltd
- Atturo Tyres (Pty) Ltd
- Atland Chemicals CC
- Empiru (Pty) Ltd
- Jonathan Maake
- Michael Gerad Rofail
- Patrick John Kalil.
The Special Tribunal has ordered the Special Investigating Unit, which had frozen the funds in the accounts of the six, release that money and that the SIU foot the bill for their legal costs.