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Sport: South Africa: The fight against COVID tainted corruption

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In South Africa, the Presidency released on Tuesday a survey report on corruption cases related to the Pandemic of Covid-19. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), an institution that specifically deals with this type of business, since July 2020, studying more than 5,000 public contracts related to the pandemic. And this final report indicates that more than 60% of them are fraudulent.

with our correspondent in Johannesburg, Claire Bargeles

of the protection equipment against the surfactured and poor quality virus, contracts granted to relatives, or signed with screens ... The report of the Special Investigations Unit Carefully traces all suspicious transactions carried out by local or national authorities, as part of the fight against the pandemic. And the final invoice is salty for the South African state: all contracts deemed fraudulent represent a total of nearly 500 million euros.

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The conclusions afflict President Cyril Ramaphosa, who denounces "individuals and institutions who thought they could operate a moment of national vulnerability to enrich himself".

The entourage of the head of state has not been spared, since the report returns to two cases concerning the former Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize , and the husband of the spokesman of the Presidency.

The conclusions of this report are now in the hands of justice, for prosecution, sanctions and the possible recovery of part of the funds.

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© Ahmed Prime Minister Libyan Abdel Hamid Dbeibah, at a press conference in Tripoli, February 25, 2021. A decision taken in the framework of a survey for the presumption of financial and administrative corruption. The Transparency International Corruption Perception Index for the year 2021, broadcast this week, places Libya at the lowest scale. It is ranked 172nd on a scale of 180 countries, at the same level as Equatorial Guinea.

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