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The Special Tribunal has granted an order interdicting the Eastern Cape health department from further implementing the R10 million mobile scooter contract.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) sought the order after allegations that the department expedited the contract for the procurement of 100 mobile clinic scooters from Fabkomp (Pty) Ltd in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was seeking an interdict to stop any payment for the contract.

The SIU contends the awarding of the contract was done in contravention of the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act and Treasury regulations.

Appearing before the tribunal on Friday, advocate for the SIU Monare Makoti said the application for an interdict was unopposed by the department and Fabkomp. Tribunal judge Lebogang Modiba granted the order.

The Special Tribunal said on Thursday it had summoned Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba, superintendent general Dr Thobile Mbengashe, the department’s CFO Msulwa Daca and Fabkomp to appear before the tribunal.

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