Order granted to freeze R40 million paid to service providers appointed by Education Department to sanitise schools

The selection and appointment of suppliers was done in a hap-hazard, unfair and inequitable manner. Ordinarily, the Supply Chain Management (“SCM”) division of the Department would select and appoint suppliers. In this case, the SIU investigation has revealed that the SCM division was not involved in the selection and appointment of service providers. Some of the names of service providers appointed were received via WhatsApp from officials in the Department. The service providers were appointed without first checking whether they were accredited or appeared on the CSD, the SIU investigation has revealed.