‘I was wrongly implicated’

2009-11-14 00:00

CAPE TOWN — An official of the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department says her reputation has been seriously damaged after she was wrongly implicated in an unlawful tendering process that took place in 2006.

According to an auditor-general’s report published in August 2008 the official concerned, Cynthia Mpati, was one of 49 officials involved in unlawful business dealings with government departments.

Mpati’s name was mentioned in a meeting between the parliamentary standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) and government department heads.

She is alleged to have neglected to declare her interests in the company Afribooks and to have benefited from a R30-million deal when the Education Department awarded a tender to Afribooks in January 2006.

However, Mpati provided proof that she had sold all her shares in the company by January 2005. She brought this to Die Burger’s attention when she saw her name in newspaper reports connecting her with the deal.

“I sold all my shares in the company by 2005 — how could I still have gained from them in 2006?”

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