The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development (DSD) has taken action against some officials involved in the 22 million rand blanket saga.

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has confirmed that disciplinary action has been taken against 9 and is being suspended.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST KZN OFFICIALS

Zulu said the reports recommended disciplinary action against all officials involved.

“Out of 12 officials involved, nine are on suspension with pay. One official resigned, another died.

“Out of nine officials involved, one official could not be charged due to lack of evidence. Eight officials involved were indicted and appeared before the presiding officer. One case has been finalized, seven cases are pending, ”she said.

KZN DSD R22 MILLION COVERS

In July 2020, allegations that the COVID-19 pandemic was used to loot state coffers.

A forensic investigation has found that thousands of blankets that cost the provincial government more than R15 million lie in a storage unit, damaged and unused for months. The investigation also found that 48,000 blankets had been ordered and paid for in full but only 4,982 blankets had been distributed (as of May 2020). More than 43,018 blankets were left in storage centers with uncontrolled access.

New reports have surfaced alleging corruption is on the agenda at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development. Whistleblowers implicated employees and officials in the 22 million rand blanket saga and other acts of corruption.

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development spokesperson Mhlaba Memela said it was sad that they found themselves answering such questions based on a letter that has no evidence and is aimed at to tarnish people’s names.

“This is not the first time that such serious allegations have been made against DSD employees through individuals claiming to be whistleblowers. These letters began to circulate last year. We are not aware of some of the allegations in the letter and consider them to be false.

“It is not true that every employee in our department has benefited from the contracts in question which the SIU is still investigating.

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