DA welcomes N West officials bail amounts
Johannesburg - The bail amounts given to the former North West MEC Reverend Johannes Tselapedi and two senior education officials are a good start in a fight against corruption, the Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday.
"Fraud and corruption practices have become prevalent in all levels of this government," spokesperson Chris Hattingh said in a statement.
Tselapedi was given bail of R250 000. Acting deputy director general of basic education, Matanzima Mweli, and suspended North West head of department, Charles Raseala, each received R500 000 bail, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said on Tuesday.
This was after the three appeared in the Mahikeng Regional Court on Tuesday facing charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and contravening the Public Finance Management Act.
They allegedly awarded two tenders - for motivational speaking and for helping matriculants in their studies - without following procedures.
Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said the original tenders were worth R3.5m. He said the services apparently ran for a further three years after the expiry date.
"R12m was allegedly paid for services rendered after the expiry date contract," Polela said.
The case was postponed to February 20.
Hattingh said procurement-based fraud and corruption had been investigated since 2003 in the education department, but the outcomes of the investigations were not tabled in the legislature.
All that happened in a province where education was being hampered by a lack of sufficient funding that affected the poorest of the poor, he said.