The South African Council of Churches (SACC) has called on government to immediately centralise its procurement system to avoid corruption in awarding tenders.
The council’s call follows a controversial R125-million tender for the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the Gauteng Health Department, which was awarded to Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko’s husband, AmaBhaca king Thandisizwe Diko. The tender has since been cancelled.
The council’s general-secretary Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana says maintaining the current procurement system will undermine government’s efforts to alleviate poverty.
“There must be a way in which there is a special, special procurement system that protects the money of people, especially if it not protected, our efforts to save lives will be undermined. You should hold the people in prison in the main time while your are debating. They must say we’ve got a prima facie case, so and so, is likely to be guilty for this.”