EDITORIAL | Cyril’s legacy hinges on undoing the vast PPE plunder
And ploughing through this paper trail may cost taxpayers more than what is ultimately recovered
For years, corruption has been a serious problem in SA, but the speed and dexterity with which Covid-19 funds have been plundered has taken the scourge to a whole new level.
While ordinary South Africans shut the front door to hole up against a terrifying disease killing people across the globe, every opportunistic entrepreneur with an auntie or uncle in government procurement made an Olympic-speed dash to the feeding trough.
Dodgy contracts were dished out more quickly than happy meals at a drive-through fast-food outlet, with mark-ups of up to 800%, according to the Special Investigations Unit. Companies in the IT, construction, special events, real estate and other unrelated fields were suddenly specialists in supplying masks and sanitisers...