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MEC commends Hawks for tender fraud arrests

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MEC for Health will continue to identify all open-ended deals and contracts in the department

Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE MEC for Health Fufe Makatong has commended the Hawks for arresting the six accused who have been charged for defrauding the Northern Cape Department of Health of R11 million.

The accused appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Makatong pointed out that she had engaged Provincial Treasury and the National Department of Health in investigating unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure at the Northern Cape Department of Health.

She added that she would closely monitor the court proceedings and institute measures to protect the resources of the department.

“We will continue to identify all open-ended deals and contracts in the department with a view to approach a court of law to have them declared null and void in order to arrest the uncontrolled growth of accruals. This process will also be followed by disciplinary and other consequence management measures and also engaging law enforcement state agencies where necessary.”