IFP Demands Answers From the Department of Health Over Dodgy Dealings in Mobile Clinic Tender

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal demands answers from the KZN Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and the Head of Department Dr Sibongile Zungu about dodgy dealings around the R61 million mobile clinic tender.

“We want to know how Mzansi Lifecare and Mobile Satellite Technologies won tenders to provide four mobile health units to the department but only two of the units have been delivered. Dr Sibongile Zungu must tell us how she approved the tender as Mzansi Lifecare was registered 17 days before the department published a request for information for provision of universal mobile units,” said IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana, MPL.

“Both the MEC and the Head of Department must be held accountable in this matter. They must further tell us how the bid evaluation committee and the bid adjudication committee reached the conclusion that Mzansi Lifecare’s bid was the best one, and how many companies submitted bids to provide the mobile hospital units. These questions must be answered. To prove that there is corruption in this matter is the admission by Mobile Satellite Technologies that it did not know that it had won the tender for three vehicles because it had been asked to provide just one vehicle. There is evidence that the department could have purchased the unit outright from a US company for R12.5million instead of leasing from Mzansi Lifecare for R52.5million,” continued Mrs Nkwanyana.

“That’s why we always re-iterate our call for Dr Sibongile Zungu to be fired. We don’t trust her as the HOD if things like this can happen under her watch. If she is not involved in this scandal she must provide all the facts around this tender and clear her name,” concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.

The IFP will write to the Public Protector to investigate this matter. It will also write to the MEC of Health demanding all the documents concerning this tender including the list of bidders.

Issued by:
IFP Spokesperson on Social Development,
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL, 084 736 5183 / 078 302 3991

For Media Enquiries:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Officer, 073 024 5675