NW Premier calls for probe into health department

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has instituted forensic investigations into the allegations that the Health Department procured ambulances without following the correct procurement procedures.

The investigations follow concerns raised by members of the public about the Mediosa ambulances, Buthelezi Emergency Medical Services and other procurement related matters in the department.

“In the wake of these concerns Premier SOR Mahumapelo has instituted forensic investigations in the Department of Health to get to the bottom of allegations that are being raised,” said the Premier’s office.

Premier Mahumapelo’s office however, confirmed that the Premier did indeed sign permissions for the Head of Department, Thabo Lekalakala’s trip to India which took place after the procurement of the ambulances.

“We can confirm that the Premier signs permissions for such trips in principle after an MEC shall have recommended. In this case MEC Masike had recommended that the Premier grants permission for Lekalakala’s trip,” it said.

The Premier’s office also stated that it has so far not received a report from the Health MEC regarding issues that are being investigated or have been investigated in the department.

“Currently we do not have any report on the meeting between the Department of Health and the Portfolio Committee. Premier Mahumapelo and the Director General await same from the MEC and HOD respectively.”

Meanwhile, Premier Mahumapelo’s office said it noted allegations made on Wednesday by broadcaster, Motsweding FM on its current affairs show, that the Premier is fingered in some of the allegations.

“We can only hope that the allegations made in Motsweding FM are not linked to allegations of a plot to assassinate Premier Mahumapelo by an employee in the Department of Health. The Hawks are currently investigating these allegations,” it said.

The Premier’s office said it would not be deterred from proceeding with investigations “which are a critical part of the on-going initiatives to fight greed, crime and corruption”. – SAnews.gov.za

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