Company directors to appear in court for R3 million PPE tender fraud allegations

EASTERN CAPE - Two directors from Gauteng and one from KwaZulu-Natal are appearing in the East London Specialised Commercial Crimes Court after their arrest by the East London based Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team during the early hours of 25 May 2022. This emanates from the personal protective equipment tenders alleged to have been acquired fraudulently in May 2020.

It is alleged that the two 46-year-old directors who originate from Gauteng submitted fraudulent lease documents to the Department of Health in the Eastern Cape, giving a misrepresentation of being residents of the Eastern Cape as that was part of the requirements then.

On the very same day, a 43-year-old sole director from Durban is also alleged to have misled the Department of Health in the Eastern Cape claiming to be having a lease agreement as well, thus qualifying him to benefit from the PPE tender.

Services were rendered by the respective companies and more than R3 million was paid by the department.

Source: South African Police Service