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"Some have resigned in the face of these referrals."

Wrongdoing

Furthermore, when the SIU does find evidence of criminal wrongdoing, it refers it to the NPA.

"Our colleagues at the NPA are geared to deal with that. Another step available to them is civil litigation, and this is what they have done in taking the former Eskom executives and board members to court to recover the funds."

On Covid-19-related corruption, Mothibi said the SIU was investigating 167 cases in the Gauteng Department of Health alone. Initially, this figure stood at 91, but it has gone up as investigators uncover more cases.

The cases the SIU is investigating in the Eastern Cape include the controversial scooter programme and a door-to-door awareness campaign, while another one involves the procurement of overpriced blankets in KwaZulu-Natal.

"There are quite a number of contracts we're looking at," said Mothibi.

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