GAUTENG MEC for Health, Panyaza Lesufi, has expressed shock after receiving a report from his department’s chief financial officer and Head of Department (HOD) stating that over R431 million was used on the decontamination, disinfection and sanitisation of schools in the province.
Lesufi confirmed on Tuesday that he has launched a full-scale investigation to probe how the amount spent on decontaminating, disinfecting and sanitizing was procured and used.
Lesufi said the department was consulting with relevant law enforcement agencies, including the Office of the Auditor General, to undertake these investigations.
“I will be requesting the Auditor General to check and verify if there was value for money used,” said Lesufi.
“I wish to reaffirm my commitment to leave no stone unturned on this including holding all those who procured these services accountable.”
The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has 1 396 primary schools, 616 secondary schools, 65 combined schools and 128 special schools.
Private companies in the province were given the task to decontaminate, disinfect and sanitize all schools in the provinces before learners and staff returned to complete the 2020 academic year.
“The process was aimed at limiting the survival of Coronavirus and minimizing the transmission in Gauteng Education facilities,” the department’s HOD and CFO said in the report.
(SOURCE: INSIDE EDUCATION)