David Makhura

Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
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Babita Deokaran: Makhura says official’s murder LINKED to PPE probe

Former Gauteng acting CFO Babita Deokaran was killed just before she could testify about PPE tender corruption

David Makhura

Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
Photo: Twitter/@David_Makhura

Gauteng Premier David Makhura is adamant that the killing of an official from the provincial health department, Babita Deokaran, had everything to do with her involvement in unravelling personal protective equipment (PPE) tender corruption.

Makhura was speaking at a candlelight vigil that was held for the whistle-blower at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg on Thursday evening, 26 August 2021.

“This case that the SIU has built against these officials is going to lead to full consequences, and the police will find the killers. There is a relationship between the killers and those that are facing these cases at the special tribunal. There is a relationship,” the premier said.

Deokaran, who served as the department’s chief director of financial accounting and occasional acting CFO, was one of the main witnesses in an investigation looking into PPE corruption in the province.

She was shot outside her home in Winchester Hills, south of Johannesburg earlier this week, in a suspected hit. Deokaran later succumbed to her injuries in hospital.

“We will not succumb to intimidation, and I am saying should we succumb, the citizens of this country must not allow it. The citizens will rise if government succumbs and participates. If I am corrupt, I know the citizens will not allow it. They will rise”

Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Breakthrough in Babita Deokaran’s murder

All this comes as police have already made a breakthrough in Babita Deokaran’s killing, having arrested seven people.

“The case docket has been transferred to the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation for further investigation. There is a possibility of more charges being added to the charge of murder when the suspects appear in court soon,” Police spokesperson Brenda Muridili said.

Makhura has commended police for the arrests and further paid tribute to Deokaran.

“We have lost an upright public servant and I am pleased that SAPS has acted swiftly in arresting the suspects in the murder case of Ms Doekaran. I believe that police will uncover the masterminds behind this horrific crime,” he said.