Highlights in this edition include:
concerns about the extension of the national state of disaster;
a judgment on rental remission during lockdown;
the court challenge to government’s ban on religious gatherings;
developments regarding mandatory vaccinations and issues relating to PPE corruption.
Gibson, Erika. PPE corruption: SIU refers SANDF cases to NPA for prosecution, moves to recover millions from contractors.
Heywood, Mark. Blooming impunity: Update on PPE irregular expenditure and graft.
Mashego, Abram. SIU gunning for firms, directors after R7bn looted from state coffers.
“In its bid to recover the money, the unit has filed at least 50 civil cases with the Special Tribunal, to the value of R6.9 billion. Among the cases are 11 civil matters with a combined value of R259 million.
The cases are related to the supply and delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Motse, Olebogeng. SIU recovers 1,8% of funds inflated by NW PPE providers.
Seeletsa, Molefe. UIF incurs millions in irregular expenditure after flouting procurement rules, Parly hears.
“The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has told Parliament that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has incurred R6.1 million in irregular expenditure as a result of corruption.
The SIU had investigated the UIF’s Covid-19 awareness campaign, which started in August last year.”
SA lockdown | AfriForum calls for an end to curfew.
Dealing with Covid-19 in the workplace: the best response by an HR practitioner.
EXTENSION OF NATIONAL STATE OF DISASTER
Charles, Marvin. Govt must provide public with 'clear roadmap' on when state of disaster will end - Premier Winde.