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SIU to Investigate COVID-19 Procurement

July 27, 2020

The Presidency

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has been tasked with investigating any unlawful or improper conduct in the procurement of any goods, works and services during or related to the COVID-19 national state of disaster in any state institution.

Proclamation 23 was published in Government Gazette 43546.

The SIU must investigate the procurement of, or contracting for, goods, works and services, including the construction, refurbishment, leasing, occupation and use of immovable property, during, or in respect of the national state of disaster by or on behalf of the state institutions, and payments made in respect thereof in a manner that was:

• not fair, competitive, transparent, equitable or cost-effective;
• contrary to applicable legislation, manuals, guidelines, practice notes, circulars or instructions;
• conducted by or facilitated through the improper or unlawful conduct of employees or officials of the state institutions; or any other person or entity, to corruptly or unduly benefit themselves or any other person; or
• fraudulent.

The SIU is also tasked with investigating any related unauthorised, irregular or fruitless and wasteful expenditure incurred by the state institutions or the state.

The SIU is also to focus on any “improper or unlawful conduct by the officials or employees of the State institutions or any other person or entity, in relation to the allegations set out in paragraph 1 of this Schedule, including the causes of such improper or unlawful conduct and any loss, damage or actual or potential prejudice suffered by the State institutions or the State”.

The investigation is to primarily focus on the period between 1 January 2020 and the date of publication of the Proclamation.