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Hawks raid properties of top ANC figure in R1bn Tembisa Hospital tender corruption probe

Hawks raid properties of top ANC figure in R1bn Tembisa Hospital tender corruption probe
ANC Ekurhuleni treasurer-general Sello Sekhokho. (Photos: YouTube / Gallo images /OJ Koloti)

The Hawks have raided the home and business premises reportedly belonging to Sello Sekhokho, the ANC Ekurhuleni treasurer-general. The raid forms part of investigations into the R1-billion Tembisa Hospital tender scandal. Sekhokho is a key figure in an alleged extraction scheme uncovered by Gauteng health department official Babita Deokaran just weeks before she was assassinated.

The Hawks on Wednesday conducted search and seizure operations at a house in Bedfordview, and offices in Germiston and Edenvale, as part of a probe into alleged tender fraud at Tembisa Hospital.

Gauteng Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha confirmed in a statement that a team had conducted simultaneous search and seizure operations at a house in Bedfordview, and offices in Germiston and Edenvale. Electronic equipment and documents were seized and no arrests were made.

“The action is informed by the ongoing investigation into alleged tender irregularities that resulted in approximately R1-billion being syphoned from the Gauteng Department of Health. It is a sequel operation to the one that was executed at the Tembisa Hospital premises towards the end of 2022,” said the statement.

Read more in Daily Maverick: Hawks swoop on Tembisa Hospital at same time investigation confirms the slain Babita Deokaran was right

On 23 August 2021, Babita Deokaran, a Gauteng health department official, was gunned down outside her home in Mondeor, Johannesburg, just after 8am. (Photo: Facebook)

The statement said that more than 220 entities and numerous individuals are subjects of an ongoing investigation into the allegations of corruption. 

“This includes schemes that reportedly thrived in infringement of the Public Finance Management Act. These were made possible through tender manipulation, kickbacks, inflated prices, and/or duplicated invoices, among other contraventions.” 

While no names were mentioned in the statement, the home and business premises that were raided reportedly belong to Sello Sekhokho, ANC Ekurhuleni treasurer-general. Sekhokho is a key figure in the alleged extraction scheme that was initially discovered and reported by Gauteng health department official, Babita Deokaran.

Deokaran was assassinated outside her home in Johannesburg in August 2021. 

A News24 investigation revealed that in the weeks leading up to her death, she had flagged R850-million in dodgy payments out of Tembisa Hospital and was concerned about her safety. Deokaran had reported the irregular spending to suspended department chief financial officer Lerato Madyo, and had called for a forensic investigation, but nothing was done.

‘Tip of the iceberg’

Last year, Gauteng MEC for Health and Wellness Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko revealed in a written reply to questions from the DA’s Jack Bloom that Sello Sekhokho’s three companies – Kaizen Projects, Nokhokhoko Medical Supplies and Bollanoto Security – had received R14.5-million from 55 contracts from Tembisa Hospital in recent years.

Furthermore, Sekhokho has received more than R80-million in tenders from other hospitals in the province, despite reportedly not having a valid certificate to sell medical products.

Bloom welcomed the raid and hoped it would lead to criminal charges: 

“I think this is the tip of the iceberg. I hope they get to the bottom of it, including the political connections … political protection … We need to know how it was able to go on for so long, and we need to find the political people as well…

Incidents of corruption are not restricted to Tembisa Hospital, he said. 

It’s far wider than that. They mustn’t ignore the fact that this could only have happened with high-level acquiescence,” he added. DM/MC

This is a developing story.


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  • Alley Cat says:

    At last! #justiceforBabitaDeokaran.

  • blingtofling says:

    The length of time between assasination 2021 and 2023 the search and seizure operations is disappointing. Understandably evidence must be solid before they can proceed, but more than a year’s grace period for a corrupt ANC official’s money stack to be seized, seems like a gaping hole in the procedural handbook. It begs the question – who wrote it and in whose favour was it compiled?

  • Confucious Says says:

    Every effort should be made to expose and prosecute anyone linked to this. It is owed to Mrs Deokaran for her bravery and ultimate sacrifice!

  • virginia crawford says:

    High level acquiescence? Is that double- speak for collusion, corruption and bribery? A good woman was murdered almost two years ago, no one has been held to account and yet seizing documents and computers is headline news! Dozens of people should have been arrested and held without bail, and the asset forfeiture unit should have been in high gear.

    • Belinda Cavero says:

      It even seems suspicious that this “raid” and confiscating computers and documents happens only now – more than enough time for evidence to be wiped off and the guilty parties continue their looting in designer suits…. or is it skinny jeans?

  • Joseph Neethling says:

    As long as Behki Cele remains minister of Police crime and corruption will flourish unabated in South Africa.

    • Richard Anker-Simmons says:

      And our Deputy Minister of Police was Julius Malema’s business partner 10 years ago in On Point Engineering , which was reported to benefit from many Limpopo infrastructure tenders.

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