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PPE graft-busting may be harbinger

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One swallow, so the old saying goes, does not make a summer … in other words, one small event doesn’t foretell a bigger transformation.


22 Aug 2020
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PPE graft-busting may be harbinger

Advocate Shamila Batohi after her interview for the position of National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, 16 November 2018. Picture: Jacques Naude /African News Agency (ANA)

Yesterday’s announcement that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has obtained a court order to freeze accounts of businesses linked to alleged irregular Gauteng personal protective equipment contracts might seem like a corruption war victory, but only time will tell whether it might become a forgotten skirmish. SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said probing about 160 companies in Gauteng alone led the unit to suspicious activity in a bank account where R38 million was sent. Tracking some of the bank accounts led to the R38 million find. The amount, Kganyago said, was spread out to all the companies being frozen to date....

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