South African President appoints committee to investigate COVID-19 corruption

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has, following a decision taken by Cabinet at its meeting of Wednesday, August 5, 2020, appointed a Committee of Ministers to deal with allegations of corruption associated with the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Chaired by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, the committee will look into corruption in the procurement of goods and services sourced for the purpose of containing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The includes the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE). 

To assist the committee in its assessment of COVID-19-related procurement, President Ramaphosa has requested all Ministers and Premiers to provide information on the names of companies and details of tenders and contracts that have been awarded in national departments, provincial governments and public entities during the period of the National State of Disaster. 

The President has directed that these lists must be provided to the Committee of Ministers as a matter of urgency this week. The Committee will prepare a comprehensive report which the President intends to release as public information. 

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