The Social Investigating Unit (SIU) released Digital Vibes media campaign investigation report. The report was delivered to President Cyril Ramaphosa with findings.
The SIU received allegations from a whistle-blower regarding potential irregularities in the award by the NDOH of the NHI media campaign and the subsequent extension and variation thereof to include services regarding the Covid-19 media campaign.
It was also alleged by the whistle-blower that the Minister had a vested interest in the appointment of Digital Vibes and that the appointment of Digital Vibes by the NDOH had been irregular.
This Report contains the outcomes of the investigation into the allegations received by the SIU.
The obtained evidence indicates that the procurement processes respecting the NHI – and Covid-19 media campaigns, were irregular and the subsequent contract(s)/SLA(s) was/were void. In this regard, irregular expenditure amounting to approximately R 150 million and fruitless and wasteful expenditure amounting to approximately between R 72 million and R 80 million was incurred by the NDOH.
Consequently, on 17 June 2021, the SIU obtained an Interim Preservation Order / Interdict from the Special Tribunal under Case No. KN 3/2021 for a total amount of R 22 001 884.54 that was being held in several accounts.
On 17 June 2021, the Order was served via e-mail on the relevant bank and the financial institutions where the money was being held. Service of the papers on the 12 Respondents by e-mail has been completed.
The SIU is now required to bring the Review Application respecting the Digital Vibes contract(s) within 30 court days from 17 June 2021 (i.e. on or before 29 July 2021).
“The SIU has briefed Counsel in this regard,” it said.