7 held for selling nurse exam papers
Johannesburg - Seven people, six of them nurses, were arrested in parts of Mpumalanga and Pretoria over the weekend after they were found in possession of a national nursing exam paper.
The examination, which was set by the health department and the SA Nursing Council (SANC), was meant to be written on Monday, said police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi.
"The first exam paper was meant to be written [on Monday], paper 2 on Wednesday and paper 3 on Friday."
After an intensive investigation by the Hawks in Mpumalanga, arrests were made since Saturday.
Original exam papers
Police uncovered that a nurse in Pretoria, and a group of woman in Mpumalanga, had allegedly been selling the exam papers.
The Pretoria woman was arrested after two original question papers were found in her possession.
"She told police she received the exam paper from other people that police are still following," said Hlathi.
"These people are allegedly working with the SA Nursing Council."
It was unknown how much each paper was being sold for but more arrests were expected.
"The suspects claim that these papers were also being sold to people working at Gauteng and Limpopo hospitals," said Hlathi.
The seven were due to appear in the Mbombela Magistrates Court on Monday.
The health department and the SA Nursing Council were not immediately available for comment.