We are pleased to advise on the successful order that was granted in relation to the Life Esidimeni investigation against two service providers. The SIU is now executing on the judgement and any money received will be paid to the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health.
The President issued a Proclamation on 24 July 2017, mandating the SIU to investigate matters in respect of the Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH).
As required by SIU legislation to conduct civil recoveries on behalf of state entities, the Unit instituted civil litigation in the Gauteng High Court Division. The Defendants (The Anchor Center for the Intellectually Disabled and Dorothy Evangeline Franks) applied delay tactics, however the matter was finally heard on 17 July 2019 for the payment of R663, 275.03 plus cost. Judgement was granted against the defendants to pay R663, 275.03. The SIU will follow-up and ensure that the said money is recovered and paid back to the department.
SIU findings uncovered that these service providers continued to submit invoices to the GDoH long after the patients were removed, as per the directive of the Health Ombudsman, Professor Makgoba.
Furthermore the SIU is in the process of instituting civil action against the owners of a further nine (9) NGO’s. The value of the pending civil litigation is R5 006 628.49. The SIU will follow-up to ensure that action is taken against the NGO’s and consequence management meted out against officials implicated.
The SIU intends to complete this investigation by November 2019 and submit a final report to the President.
“The SIU and the Gauteng Provincial Government (through the Office of the Premier) continue to collaborate in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered into to ensure that instances of maladministration, malpractice and corruption are reported, investigated and those responsible are held to account” said the Head of SIU, Advocate Andy Mothibi.
We will continue to pursue litigation against perpetrators who benefit from state resources illegally. We urge members of the public to continue to report corruption where they suspect instances of such transgressions.