R63 Million IT Contracts Must Be Investigated

14 October 2013    


The IFP calls on the Public Protector to urgently investigate IT contracts worth R63 million awarded by the department of health as far back 2008, which have not been implemented.


"The implementation of smart health card technology and a local area network connection have not been implemented and nothing has been done to sort them out. The smart health card was meant to allow patients' information to be loaded onto credit card-size cards to allow their files to be more easily accessible. The local area network was to ensure that all clinics in Gauteng would have access to the internet, so as to gain access to secure patient information easily" said IFP spokesperson on health, MP Hilda Msweli


The IT companies have taken money from the department without providing any services, yet the department has done nothing about it.


Msweli further stated that "We believe that those involved in the awarding of these contracts have a lot to answer for, especially if they deny being involved in any corrupt activities. If they are not corrupt, then it is a case of incompetence and therefore they should be removed from their posts and better people hired"


The IFP calls on Hope Papo, the Gauteng health MEC, to institute internal investigations into this matter.


Issued by: 

IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Hilda Msweli, MP, 072 513 1833


Or contact 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675