‘Misplaced’ PPE: Morar a ‘participant and ref’

Politically linked auditor Roshan Morar provided the KwaZulu-Natal schooling division with personal protective equipment worth R4-million underneath questionable circumstances at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Morar’s auditing agency — Morar Integrated — was additionally paid R8-million by the identical division to research the “disappearance” of hundreds of thousands of rands price of PPE destined for faculties in Umlazi, Pinetown and Zululand throughout June.

The PPE award to Amakhono is now being investigated by the Particular Investigating Unit (SIU), which is probing doubtful Covid-19 procurement across the nation.

The stunning disclosure that Morar was appointed as each a provider and an investigator by the schooling division was made by a whistle-blower this week. Morar Integrated sits on the schooling division’s audit panel and people of a number of different departments and municipalities.

It has left the provincial schooling authority red-faced over its failure to select up the battle of curiosity and the preliminary appointment of Amakhono as a PPE provider.

Amakhono was launched as a monetary advisory organ for BEE corporations concerned in property and different transactions over R25-million, however reappeared as a PPE provider throughout the Covid-19 outbreak.

It provided the schooling division with 1 999 backpack sanitisers in two tranches at a mixed value of R4-million. Morar is the only director of the corporate.

Morar was appointed to the board of a number of public entities throughout former president Jacob Zuma’s tenure, taking flak in Parliament over an allegedly lax strategy to company governance on the South African Highway Company Restricted. Whereas on the board of the Public Funding Company he presided over the lack of R9-billion by way of loans to the Lancaster Group whereas appearing as a director of L101, a Lancaster subsidiary.

Provincial schooling division head Dr Enoch Nzama mentioned this week that Morar, the board chairperson of the Ithala Development Finance Corporation, the provincial authorities’s funding wing, had not declared the battle of curiosity to the division when he was appointed to research the disappearance of the PPE.

Nzama mentioned that as head of the division, he didn’t work together with service suppliers however signed off on procurement after being suggested by adjudication committees and the chief monetary officer.

Nzama mentioned Morar Integrated and Amakhono had been appointed underneath completely different treasury notes, which meant there was no battle of curiosity.

In June, Kwazi Mthethwa, spokesperson for schooling MEC Kwazi Mshengu, mentioned that the lacking PPE had been recovered however that motion can be taken towards those that had tried to steal it.

“We would like accountability. We’ll ship a robust message as a result of nobody could make issues disappear after which reappear at their very own will whereas enjoying with state sources — so individuals should account,” Mthethwa mentioned on the time.

Nonetheless, based on a whistle-blower within the division, the matter ended there.

“That is mistaken. How can the identical particular person be appointed to produce PPE after which be appointed to research what occurred to it? The PPE was discovered some few days after it went lacking, identical to that, and hundreds of thousands had been paid out with out anyone asking questions,” the whistle-blower mentioned.
“That is like being a participant and the referee in a soccer match. How can this be allowed to occur?”

This week Mthethwa referred the M&G to Nzama, saying that the top of the division was higher positioned to touch upon the matter than the MEC.

Morar mentioned that the audit appointment was associated to the disappearance of face masks destined for faculties and never the PPE he had provided.

“Our appointment associated particularly to face masks not being delivered to some faculties and to research the integrity of the method concerned to ship this stuff to circuit places of work, district places of work and faculties and to conduct a reconciliation of portions,” he mentioned.

Morar mentioned an in depth report was delivered to the schooling division and that he had declared the truth that he was additionally a PPE provider.

“There was no battle of curiosity as Amakhono didn’t provide face masks to the DoE. Morar Integrated wouldn’t have accepted the appointment if there was a battle,” he mentioned.

SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago mentioned the probe into the Amakhono PPE award was nonetheless ongoing.  The SIU had not seen the report on the lacking masks as but.