Ex-Limpopo MEC arrested in predawn raid

2013-03-26 10:46

Former Limpopo Health MEC Miriam Segabutla was expected to appear in the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court after being arrested on charges of fraud and corruption involving tenders worth R16 million.

The Hawks, which were transporting Segabutla to the court this morning, arrested her in a predawn raid at her home in Pretoria.

She was seen arriving at court shortly before 11am.

The arrest follows a report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela titled Befuddled Interest.

The report, released last year, recommended that President Jacob Zuma reprimand Segabutla after it was found that she had breached the executive code by conflicting her official responsibilities with her private interests.

Madonsela probed Segabutla following allegations that she had conducted herself unethically with regard to contracts her department had awarded to Tsepo Technology Consulting and Trispen Solutions.

The report found that Segabutla chose the two companies because Johnny Lucas, the sole director of Tsepo Technology, was related to her and that her attorney, Gert van der Merwe, was involved with Trispen.

Sekgabutla had indicated that Lucas was her relative in the visitor’s book at her daughter’s school in Pretoria, while Van der Merwe was said to have represented her in a divorce case in return for contractual work.

Said Hawks spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko: “We arrested her at her home in Pretoria this morning and we are transporting her to the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court. She allegedly circumvented tender processes. The amount involved is about R16 million. We will also charge her with fraud and corruption.”

Segabutla, said Ramaloko, would appear alongside two business partners whose arrest warrants had already been obtained.

» This story was updated after first published.

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