According to DA MPL Jack Bloom, the documents were filed at the Gauteng High Court in response to an asset forfeiture application by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in July 2014 against Hlongwa concerning his R7.2 million house in Johannesburg, which was purchased during unlawful tender activities concerning 3P Consultants and the Baoki Consortium. The NPA has also lodged similar applications against both Baoki Consortium and 3P Consultants.
The Baoki Consortium was awarded a R1.4 billion contract by the Gauteng DoH in December 2007 to provide a Health Information System and electronic Health Records (HIS-eHR) to hospitals and clinics in the province. However, the HIS-eHR never materialised and a year later, Hlongwa’s successor, Qedani Mahlangu, cancelled the contract.
The court documents indicate that Hlongwa received money from Kemsing Services, a company that was part of the Baoki Consortium, to purchase his home in cash. It also alleges that Hlongwa received other benefits from Baoki Consortium as an incentive to award them the tender.
“Alleged irregularities in the award of the contract to Baoki include the non-inclusion of VAT and training costs in their bid, which enabled them to undercut InterSystems, a rival bidder,” said Bloom.
According to Health-e, Baoki Consortium has indicated that they will not oppose the application and has also ceded its R1.2 billion claim against the department to the NPA.
The Gauteng DoH has not commented on the matter because it is still before the court; while Hlongwa’s PA said he was not available for comment.
Meanwhile, Bloom has called on Gauteng Premier David Makhura to fire Hlongwa, who is currently Chief Whip of the ANC in Gauteng. “While Hlongwa is innocent until proven guilty, and due process must be followed in this matter, there is a huge corruption cloud that hangs over his head that undermines Premier David Makhura’s pledge to run his administration with integrity,” said Bloom.
“We need a computerised information system to improve efficiency as soon as possible. We still live today with the dire consequences in our hospitals of the disastrous period when Hlongwa was Health MEC,” concluded Bloom.