These included former Gauteng health department senior and executive officials, private individuals and entities on charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and a pattern of racketeering activity allegedly perpetuated against the department. The Hawks did not name the accused.
“Eight of the nine have handed themselves over at Johannesburg Central police station for processing and will appear in the Johannesburg magistrate’s court. The ninth is said to be out of the country and the process of applying for his extradition is in progress,” said Brig Nomthandazo Mbambo.
“This forms part of the second leg of investigations into allegations of gross irregularities committed at the Gauteng health department between 2006 and 2010.”
The case was referred to the Hawks' serious corruption investigation unit by the SIU in September 2011 for further investigation.
The Hawks said the department awarded several contracts to an entity or juristic person which were initially meant for two years at a cost of R68m per annum.
“However, this amount was allegedly overspent to the tune of R221m without any consequences for the individuals involved.”