A Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report into corruption in the Gauteng health department has uncovered evidence of how a small firm called 3P Consulting provided kickbacks, overseas trips and other benefits to top politicians and officials in order to secure lucrative contracts for its directors, friends and family. The report details alleged financial misconduct and corruption that cost the department more than R1.2bn between 2006 and 2010, when the ANC’s chief whip in the Gauteng legislature, Brian Hlongwa, was then MEC for health. The report was made public on Thursday by health activist organisations Section 27, The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Corruption Watch, after they obtained it from the Presidency through a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) request. The investigation was commissioned by then president Jacob Zuma in 2010, and the SIU submitted its report to him in March 2017. While many of the report’s most serious allegations have already been documen...

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