Last week, the legal advocacy organisation Section27 released a Special Investigations Unit report detailing alleged graft at the Gauteng health department between 1 January 2006 to 14 May 2010. Current ANC Gauteng Chief Whip Brian Hlongwa served as Gauteng’s Health MEC from 2006 to 2009. Hlongwa initially declined to comment in response to Bhekisisa questions. He issued this response onMonday:
This statement is issued in response to the release in the media of the SIU’s Report of its investigation into certain affairs at the Gauteng Department of Health during 2006 to 2009, at which time I was MEC for Health, Gauteng.
Mail & Guardian, 25 July 2014 'Hlongwa's house of graft and lies'
News24, 27 July 2014 'ANC heavyweight in R1.4bn corruption scandal'
Independent Newspapers, 27 July 2014 'Hawks circle ANC chief whip'
Issued by B. T. Hlongwa 25 June 2018
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