South Africa: South Africa Publishes Virus Contracts Amid Corruption Fury

South Africa published the names of all companies that won coronavirus-related government contracts in a bid to crackdown on corruption, making it the first country on the continent to do so.

The move comes as a graft scandal related to the procurement of medical equipment that implicated staff in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s own office sullies the reputation of the ruling African National Congress. Earlier this week Ramaphosa wrote to ANC members, warning them that the allegations are tarnishing its image.

The list, released by the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, details Covid-19 procurement information from all provinces, national departments, and more than 70 public entities, according to a statement from the presidency on Wednesday. Ramaphosa told the departments earlier this month to submit any information on coronavirus-related tenders to a special ministerial team.

The original full article can be found at bloomberg.com

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