Gauteng premier claims his hands are clean in PPE corruption

Gauteng premier David Makhura has asked the Special Tribunal to rectify a mistake which seems to purport that he’s linked to Covid-19 personal protective equipment corruption.
Makhura has asked the Special Tribunal judge to clarify that in her affidavit, the previous department of health CFO Kabelo Lehloenya didn’t say she received names of who should get the PPE contracts from Makhura himself but rather from his office, which might be anyone.
The mistake, Makhura insists, was made by the judge in his ruling which directly implicated him rather than his office. He says Lehloenya, in her affidavit, didn’t say she got the names from Makhura personally.
This comes after Sunday World reported over the weekend that Makhura, along side the erstwhile former health MEC Bandile Masuku, had been directly implicated within the PPE looting by Lehloenya.
Makhura insisted that his hands were clean which he had made an application to the judge who was expected to form the correction soon.
“But, the presiding judge, judge Motlhe, in summarising the judgment made reference in paragraph 14 and paragraph 24 to the very fact that she got the names from the premier, the MEC and therefore the HOD. Not from the office but made regard to that,” Makhura said.
“I have since taken the subsequent steps: I even have written to the judge to mention within the judgment that was correct that we are proud of , that cash must be recovered, there’s a neighborhood where he makes reference, the judge, to what’s within the affidavit which isn’t within the affidavit.
“So we’ve tabled that application because substituting the office of the premier with the premier is not any small error.”
He said he played no role within the looting of the Covid-19 relief funds.
“I’m very clear and that i want to reiterate, I even have not given any names of any PPE company to any official either within the premier’s office or within the department of health for them to be appointed to supply PPE in Gauteng. I even have done a sworn statement in my application to the judge,” he said.
Makhura met with the ANC leadership on Thursday night where he and therefore the MEC of education within the province, Panyaza Lesufi, were taken to task over allegations levelled against them or their departments.
Lesufi’s department has been accused of paying over R431m on tenders for decontamination of classrooms which wasn’t a requirement by the health department.
Makhura said he told the ANC leadership within the province that he would be willing to seem before the integrity commission.
“In addition to those legal steps I’ve taken, I’ve also briefed the ANC leadership about the very fact that i would like to travel to the integrity commission, I briefed the ANC provincial leadership on this matter. As these processes are unfolding, i would like to travel to the integrity commission. i’m clear in my mind, I even have a clean conscience,” he said.
He said the allegations in Lesufi’s department were now the topic of a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe.
Makhura reiterated that he has never attempted to complement himself or his friends or comrades since taking office.
“There is not any incident, one or two, in any of the departments of the Gauteng provincial government within the last seven years because the premier of Gauteng, I’ve not looked for one occasion to complement a lover of mine or maybe a comrade of mine to complement them.
“I’ve always insisted procedures must be followed, and I’ve also said to my colleagues in cabinet it’s important that none folks is involved in corruption. I’ve done that.”
He said there are attempts to urge him but urged his detractors to undertake something else as they might not get anything on him in reference to corruption.
He said he would continue in his role being within the front-line leadership of the province, especially within the fight against the coronavirus. He would only step down when and if the ANC asked him to try to to so.
“I always say that we are deployed at the service of the ANC. i will be able to not [step down] on the occasion of an orchestrated campaign to discredit me, to cast aspersions and to cast doubt on my integrity. the sole thing i will be able to fight for is my personal integrity, I even have nothing else than my personal integrity to defend.
“As someone who holds political office, I expect that there’ll mud thrown at me but please know i will be able to not throw myself within the mud. I won’t wrestle within the mud.”