South Africa: South Africa probes medical suppliers over COVID-19 tender allegations

South African investigators are probing 102 suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the country’s most populous province after news reports alleged that politically connected individuals had won lucrative COVID-19 tenders.

David Makhura, premier of the Gauteng province where major cities like Johannesburg and Pretoria are located, said payments of around 1 billion rands ($60 million) to PPE suppliers had been halted after an initial audit raised red flags like overpricing and bad quality.

A top Gauteng health official, Bandile Masuku, will take at least four weeks of leave during the investigations, he added.

The original full article can be found at reuters.com

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