With billions allocated to fight the biggest public health emergency of our times, and with eased regulations on procurement, bent civil servants and connected companies have taken the gap. How did an emergency health procurement budget of about R50-billion become a cadres’ feast?

Here’s one story that illustrates the trend. Harvey Sicelo Buthelezi is the perfect example of a connected cadre. His CV is dotted with jobs in government and executive jobs outside of government, but which need political connectivity…..more

Shared by Professor Shabir Moosa

Professor Moosa is a family physician in Soweto, Johannesburg. His interests are family medicine, community-oriented primary health care, and health management.