Despite efforts to enforce conflict of interest regulations there are still 110 staff of the Gauteng Health Department who conduct business with Government departments.
This is disclosed in the Department’s 2019/20 Annual Report which was recently tabled in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.
According to the report, the Auditor General and the Gauteng Audit Services (GAS) identified 184 health officials last year who were doing business with state organs.
But the latest GAS report shows that 86 of the 184 identified officials are still doing business with the state despite steps taken against them, and 24 more officials guilty of this have been identified as well.
It is appalling that so many health officials flout anti-corruption regulations in a department that has been riven by corruption scandals.
The new Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi should crack the whip on all conflicts of interest so that staff do not benefit from any government contracts that they may get in a corrupt way.
Issued byJack Bloom,DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health