TWO North West municipalities who spent a high amount of money on Covid-19 procurements were warned that the government was committed to uprooting corruption.
This was said by Premier Job Mokgoro on Monday who said the province had spent over R124 million on Covid-19 procurement since the hard lockdown began in late March this year.
Recently Ngaka Modiri Molema Local Municipality and JB Marks Local Municipality have been in hot water with the standing committee on public accounts (SCOPA) over usage of funds on Covid-19.
Ngaka Modiri Molema allegedly spent R90 million while JB Marks Local Municipality spent on its R11.4 million for coronavirus-related expenditure.
“Government is aware of the reports that are in the public domain regarding the COVID-19 expenditure , in particular at the two municipalities.”
“The expenditure matters relating to the two municipalities are currently with the law enforcement agencies,” he said.
Mokgoro said the highest spending department was health where R65 million was spent to date.
He said the majority of which has been directed to healthcare workers and patients in the fight against COVID-19.
Education was second highest where over R32 million were already used for Covid-19 related matters. Social development only spent over R9 million.
“We are putting in place proper governance measures that will ensure the effective control measures that will assist departments to assist the government in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the public service,” he said.
This was in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s pronouncement on government’s efforts to root out and deal with alleged corruption in all COVID-19 procurement in all state institutions from government departments to municipalities as well as state owned entities.