The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) was informed by affiliated union, the Professional Transport & Allied Workers Union (PTAWU) of procurement irregularities within the Department of Health in KwaZulu Natal.
The KwaZulu Natal Department of Health erroneously awarded a tender to Ilanga Security Services. This tender should not have been awarded to Ilanga Security Services due to the fact that they are not compliant in terms of the Private Sector Security Provident Fund (PSSPF).
These type of irregularities not only erode faith in the governance systems on a provincial level, but need to be investigated to see where weak links in the procurement chain exist – in order to be corrected, said FEDUSA General Secretary Dennis George.
FEDUSA has brought the matter to the attention of the MEC for Health in KwaZulu Natal, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, and have asked that this inquiry into procurement irregularities within the KwaZulu Natal Department of Health be investigated.
Procurement irregularities are red flags for corruption – and when corruption occurs in tendering processes it can have damaging effects on the country because it diverts state funds away from public needs, said George.
Procurement corruption encourages competition in bribery instead of competition for good quality or price and has a harmful effect on honest bidders, concluded George.
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