Those who benefited unlawfully from the 150 million Digital Vibes deal have been compensated a pittance - SIU

The irregular 150 million Digital Vibes deal has taken investigators a long time to collect substantial sums of money.

Those who benefited unlawfully from the 150 million Digital Vibes deal have been compensated a pittance - SIU

The irregular R150 million Digital Vibes deal has taken investigators a long time to collect substantial sums of money.

Those who benefited unlawfully from the deal have so far refunded roughly R12 million to the Special Investigating Unit.

The SIU discovered around R22 million in multiple bank accounts as a consequence of Digital Vibes financial flows.

Investigations into the shady R150 million Digital Vibes deal have generated little results so yet, with just R12 million refunded to individuals who benefited unlawfully.

According to Tribune South Africa : The Special Investigating Unit (SIU), financial movements from the Digital Vibes Nedbank account have resulted in roughly R22 million being held in numerous bank accounts.

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On Tuesday, SIU head advocate Andy Mothibi and his top management submitted their findings to Parliament's budget watchdog Scopa on the acquisition of Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) and other relevant problems.

The Special Tribunal awarded the SIU an interim preservation order or injunction against Digital Vibes and 11 individuals for slightly over R22 million on June 17, 2021, Mothibi informed the committee.

"The SIU was required by the interim order to submit the review application on or before July 29, 2021. The SIU filed a review application with the Special Tribunal against Digital Vibes and 29 others, seeking to have the two contracts awarded by the National Department of Health (NDoH) to Digital Vibes in respect of the NHI media campaign and the Covid-19 media campaign reviewed and set aside, as well as to recover the full value (approximately R150 million) paid out under such unlawful and invalid contracts "In his presentation, Mothibi stated.

According to him, the SIU has collected R12 179 429.90 from or on behalf of some of the respondents so far.

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The Ministry of Health replied to the findings and recommendations of the Special Investigating Unit report on Digital Vibes in a press conference on Thursday morning.

In 2019, the health department hired Digital Vibes to help with the National Health Insurance (NHI) campaign.

Former health minister Zweli Mkhize is accused of pressuring authorities to choose the Tahera Mather and Naadhira Mitha-owned business.

According to the SIU, Mkhize accepted two budget submissions totaling R132 million for Digital Vibes for NHI communication.

 

The sum of R46 939 550 was granted on January 20, 2020, 52 days after the Digital Vibes service-level agreement (SLA) was signed on November 29, 2019.

R85 502 500 was authorized for NHI communication work on June 16, 2020. (from 6 March 2020, Digital Vibes only delivered Covid-19 communication services). On November 29, 2019, 199 days after Digital Vibes' SLA was signed, this sum was accepted.

The SIU discovered that one BEC member's score for the second bidder was changed from "3" to "2" in the Tender Evaluation Committee (TEC) report, which included the total ratings of all the Bid Evaluation Committee (BEC) members.

As a consequence, the second bidder received a 59.2 percent total score.

The second bidder would have "qualified for functionality" if the score had not been modified.