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Diko’s ‘proxy’ made an 800% mark-up on PPE, medical supplies, says SIU

Apart from ‘extortionate’ markups, the unit alleges there was a plot to defraud the Industrial Development Corporation

Franny Rabkin

A politically connected operator named in the PPE scandal besetting the Gauteng health department made an 800% profit on Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) he sold the government.

This is according to court papers naming Thandisizwe Madzikane Diko, a family friend of Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku and the husband of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko, in detailed claims laid out by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

Among the unit’s claims is that the “extortionate” markups made by Diko’s “proxy” company included buying a million medical disposal bags from a supplier for 75c each and selling them to the health department for R7 a piece...

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