Nelson Mandela Bay is becoming the center of corruption related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the alleged cases are now collectively referred to as Corona holes.
Two new incidents of alleged tender fraud have been reported.
In the first incident, the Eastern Cape education department said it had heard “with shock and disgust” safety equipment of very poor quality was delivered to schools in the KwaBhaca area.
Disinfectants delivered to schools had less than the prescribed amount of alcohol and were also delivered in the wrong containers.
According to a statement from the education department, there were complaints against the supplier Mkhiva Trading after schools started spreading the allegations on social media.
According to the statement, the department immediately approached experts from Rhodes University to test the products.
The results of the tests were “very shocking”, according to which the disinfectants contained only 4% alcohol.
The prescribed amount of alcohol that the drugs should contain is 70%.
Fundile Gade, MEC for education in the province, says the provider’s actions are “unethical and scandalous” and endanger the lives of children and teachers.
“We are currently consulting with our legal team and we will make sure the law goes its way,” Gade said.
Several schools were provided with the faulty disinfectant, which has since been removed and replaced with suitable remedies.
In the other incident, a tender was allegedly awarded to a company that provided poor quality safety equipment to certain municipalities.
Nqaba Bhanga, DA leader in the Eastern Cape, asked the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) to investigate the award of the relevant tender.
According to Bhanga, Kaziforce, a company with ties to the ANC, received the tender to supply face masks to the metro.
Gamelihleli Maqula, ANC councilor for the metro, was previously the director of Kaziforce.
A family member of Maqula, Mamella Maqula, is still listed as the sole director of.
Bhanga said it was the Eastern Cape’s “own Corona holes” and should be investigated immediately.
He says in a statement Kaziforce was one of three companies shortlisted for the tender in question.
According to Bhanga, type 1 masks were provided.
According to the statement, Kaziforce provided four deliveries of 8,600 masks at R19,50 per mask. The company therefore delivered 34,400 masks at a total cost of R670 800.
According to the Treasury’s national price list, type 1 masks may not cost more than R10,22 per mask, including tax.
Therefore, the maximum price for 34 400 masks may not exceed R351 568.
According to Bhanga, the same masks are available on Takealot at R6 per mask, or R300 per box of 50.
Bhanga said the manufacturers do not follow the national guidelines and should be investigated immediately by the SOE.
“This shameless scam must be investigated before this syndicate of crooks leads the province into financial ruin.”