Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
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14 Apr 2021
5:15 am

State ‘won’t be able to charge Masuku’

Brian Sokutu

'The SIU never found Dr Masuku guilty of any crime and the High Court in Pretoria has also found as such.'

Former Gauteng health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku. Picture: Twitter / @GautengProvince

  While the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) criminalised dereliction of duty by accounting officers, former Gauteng health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku is protected by executive authority, making it impossible for the state to charge for negligence, a legal expert said yesterday. This is despite Masuku having failed in his bid this week to get the high court to reverse an adverse finding by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) arising from the awarding of a multimillion-rand personal protective equipment tender. The SIU probe found, among others, that: Instructions governing the Covid-19 procurement were ignored; Prices quoted exceeded the limits prescribed...