Johannesburg. Last year, during the Kovid-19 lockdown in South Africa, a 53-year-old woman of Indian origin, who gave vital information about the multi-million dollar PPE scam, was allegedly murdered. The authorities have started a high level investigation into the incident.
Babita Devkaran, a senior official in the Gauteng provincial health department, was shot multiple times through the door of her car as she was returning home in the suburb of Johannesburg after dropping her child off school on Tuesday. He was taken to the hospital but he died.
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A high-level probe has been launched into Devkaran’s murder. Devkaran last year provided critical information about a fraud of over 330 million rand (over US$20 million) in the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa.
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Serious Crime Investigation Unit (SIU) spokesman Kaizar Kaganyago said Devkaran was one of the witnesses involved in the investigation of the corruption unit in the health department. Kaganyago said that Devkaran never indicated that he felt threatened by participating in the process. Gauteng Premier David Makhura said a dedicated provincial police task force had been set up to track down the criminals.
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