Fall guy? head of social development suspended

2011-11-16 00:00

A SURPRISE in Premier Zweli Mkhize’s announcement yesterday was the suspension of the of Social Development head of department (HOD) Bheki Nkosi. Mkhize said Nkosi was suspended as part of efforts aimed at stablilising the work of government.

Nkosi’s colleagues have been aware of his pending suspension. Many believe he could end up being one of the “fall guys” in a department wracked by allegations of tender fraud involving more than R60 million.

Colleagues point to Nkosi being the first HOD in ages to get the department an unqualified audit report with some matters of concern.

Many are convinced that there is much more to the massive tender fraud investigations within the department. They believe the real reason Nkosi was suspended is that he tried to put a stop to a tenderpreneur who was milking the department via contracts worth millions.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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