Tax rands may magically vanish, but don’t touch the wizards’ PPE

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Tax rands may magically vanish, but don’t touch the wizards’ PPE

How the mystery of disappearing and reappearing masks trumps the wholesale gouging of the public purse

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For a day or two, it looked like the looming scandal of suspiciously expensive protective gear bought for KwaZulu-Natal’s schoolchildren had gone away. Literally. On Tuesday, the province admitted that huge quantities of personal protective equipment (PPEs) bound for schools had vanished without a trace.

Forty-eight hours later, however, the equipment had reappeared, and education MEC Kwazi Mshengu was laying down the law.

“We will send a strong message,” said his spokesperson, Kwazi Mthethwa, “because no one can make things disappear and then reappear at their own will while playing with state resources.”..

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