David Makhura

Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
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Special Tribunal clears Makhura of involvement in PPE irregularities

Judge Mothle made a correction to an earlier judgement, stating that there are no allegations against Makhura regarding PPE corruption.

David Makhura

Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
Photo: Twitter/@David_Makhura

The Special Tribunal has cleared Gauteng Premier David Makhura of any wrongdoing regarding the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE). Judge SP Mothle essentially corrected an error that was made in the judgement of 10 December 2020.  

In his judgment handed down on 10 December 2020, Judge Mothle stated that Ms Kabelo Lehoenya — the former Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Health — claimed that Makhura gave her names of companies to be appointed as service providers for PPE.

On 27 January 2021, David Makhura made an application to the Special Tribunal in terms of Rule 42, to seek a correction on the Tribunal judgment to include the words “Office of” before the word “Premier.” 


Judge Mothle accepted the request by Makhura and corrected the error In the Special Tribunal judgement that was handed down on 1 February 2021, Judge Mothle states: 

“I have on receipt of the Premiers application, realised that the omission of the word “Office of” before “the Premier” and “the MEC” in the judgment text is capable of being construed to mean that the Tribunal has found or decided that it was the Premier personally or the MEC personally, who supplied the names. There was no such decision or finding made on the allegations…” 

The judgement further states that: “The application to insert the omitted words in paragraph 14 and 24 on the judgment in SIU V Ledla, dated 10 December 2020, is granted.”

Makhura, in a statement, said he was happy that the statement had been corrected, making it clear that there were no allegations made against him regarding PPE procurement irregularities. 


Makhura recently denied his involvement in PPE corruption and said he has never given any names of companies or contractors to the former CFO Kabelo Lehoenya. 

“I wish to reiterate that I have never given any names of companies or contractors to the former CFO nor have I given any instructions to government officials to appoint any service providers in any state institution or government department,” Makhura said.

“We view any allegation of malfeasance in a serious light, and in this regard, we have requested the SIU to investigate the allegations that the Office of the Premier was involved in procurement irregularities in the Department of Health”.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura