South Africa: Data Analysis of the National Treasury Records Reveals Extent of Price Gouging On PPE


The Hawks, Competition Commission and SIU have all now announced that they are investigating aspects of the South African Police Services' expenditure on various aspects of PPE. Below is what we know SAPS spent, based on the Treasury's record.

In October 2020, the National Treasury launched a public dashboard of all Covid-19 expenditure reported to it by national, provincial and local government departments. This data, though incomplete and inaccurate in some instances, has made it possible to understand how much each department spent, the items procured and the suppliers who got the tenders.

Corruption Watch has analysed the spend by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the results reveal a disturbing trend of gross inflation of prices, fruitless and wasteful expenditure and possible corruption.

Since the start of the pandemic, SAPS has spent R1,561,202,820.76 on PPE, sanitisers and disinfectants, and other items. Of this expenditure, 56% was for surgical masks, 32% for hand sanitisers and disinfectants, and the remaining 12% for goggles, surgical gloves, thermometers, fogging of buildings and so on.

Hand sanitisers and disinfectants

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