The Inkatha Freedom Party demands that the Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela must provide a progress report on her investigation into a controversial R61 million tender that saw the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department lease a mobile clinic unit for R52.5 million after the former KwaZulu-Natal Health Department Head Dr Sibongile Zungu signed off on the lease in August 2013, agreeing that the department would pay Mzansi Lifecare R1.5 million every month until August this year to lease the vehicle without staff. .
"We want the Public Protector to tell us what progress has been made in this matter as her tenure is coming to an end in October. We are afraid that once she leaves the office this matter will not continue to receive the necessary attention it deserves. The Public Protector must adhere to the promise made by her spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi in May this year where she confirmed that the Public Protector had taken a decision to investigate the tender. Till today we have not received any progress reports regarding this matter," said IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana, MPL.
"It is now absolutely essential that we obtain an update from the Public Protector as to what progress has been made in this investigation, and an estimation as to when a preliminary report will be completed. Public funds were wasted in this tender. We have asked many questions about this matter from the KZN MEC of Health, Dr Sbongiseni Dhlomo in the legislature. He didn’t answer any of these which leads us to believe that there is something to hide. We cannot rest until we get suitable answers in this matter because we believe that corruption is involved," continued Mrs Nkwanyana.
The IFP will once again write to the Public Protector, Adv. Thuli Madonsela to seek clarity on why there is a delay in finalising the investigation and when the full report of the investigation will be released.
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL
IFP Spokesperson on Health
084 736 5183 / 078 302 3991
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