South Africa: disclosure of contracts linked to Covid-19 could lift the veil on corruption in public procurement

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The Health Justice Initiative (HJI), a non-profit organization, has won a lawsuit against the South African government for disclosing its COVID-19(female vaccine contracts with international agencies and pharmaceutical companies – a move that highlights suspicions of wider corruption in South Africa’s healthcare sector.

On August 17, the Pretoria High Court ruled that the government must pass details of Covid-19 contracts to the HJI.

“We hope that other groups around the world will take inspiration from this decision and demand the right to control pharmaceutical contracts,” says Fatima Hassan, founder and director of the organization. The Africa report.

“(Big Pharma Companies) companies often took advantage of governments in the South who were facing a deadly pandemic without the means to fight it.

Launched in 2020 by Hassan, an outspoken human rights lawyer, the HJI says it fights for transparency and

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