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Eastern Cape officials in court for fraud

2012-02-27 13:38

East London - Two former high ranking Eastern Cape government officials and two businessmen charged with fraud were granted bail on Monday.

"They made a brief appearance in East London [Magistrate's Court], and were not asked to plead," said provincial health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo.

They were released on bail of R4 000 each and the case was postponed to April 13 for a regional court date.

The four are charged with defrauding the provincial health department of about R11m.

They are former chief director in the department Malibongwe Mtuzula, a former deputy director Akon Mglolo, and businessmen Deon Botha and Dumisani Belman.

Investigation

Their arrests followed an internal investigation, which was later handed over to the police, relating to services procured but not rendered and proper processes not being followed, said Kupelo.

A fifth person, a City of Johannesburg manager Lawrence Boya, was arrested on Friday and had already appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court, Kupelo said.

Boya, a former superintendent general in the Eastern Cape health department, would appear again in the Zwelitsha Magistrate's Court on April 12.

The charges against the five would be fraud and corruption totalling R11.8m, Kupelo said.

The arrests arose from a series of investigations into corruption and fraud in the Eastern Cape.

The overall amount involved was R14m, but the charges against the five related to the R11.8m.

The procurement was for business plans.

Kupelo said the intention was to join the cases into one in Zwelitsha, where the crimes were committed.

Equipment not delivered

In a separate investigation, officials are working on the non-delivery of R11m worth of hospital equipment that was procured, but not delivered.

"A few other officials are being investigated for that," said Kupelo.

The department had also given the police information on a probe into a R13m ambulance contract.

"We welcome the arrests and we want to say to all officials - ex and current - that fraud and corruption will never be tolerated by the department.

"We cannot afford a situation where money supposed to assist our people is lost - we cannot afford to lose one cent."

In September, 42 staff members in the province's health department were fired for a range of offences including theft and fraud.

An investigation also showed that over 100 department officials had companies that traded with the department.

A report by the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers found at least R45m had been lost to fraud in the health department over the past years.

Comments
  • StarStruck - 2012-02-27 13:48

    Typical. Why do we all spew hatred towards each other? This article and the thousands before it. We all have to agree on one thing though, We cannot go on like this. We are all being defrauded and it should sound alarm bells for everyone.

      Kala - 2012-02-27 14:00

      And I think most would agree with you StarStruck. It's just those that have been voted into power have got no balls to deal with the phukers.

  • Kala - 2012-02-27 13:51

    R11.8 million divided by 3 = around R4million. With that kind of money do they not consider the accused as flight risks?? All these fraudsters get at the end of the day, is fired. No jail time and no need to repay the stolen money. It's hardly surprising then that corruption is so rife. So much for "crime doesn't pay"

      arthurbrigg - 2012-02-27 14:01

      You took the words right out of my mouth. Sick of these bugger getting away with it.

      Barry - 2012-02-27 14:10

      Never ending, just goes on and on, and the R11.8 million will be funded by the taxpayer again........

      danie.theron - 2012-02-27 14:29

      Wait, first they get suspended with full pay!!!! That can be for more than 4 years, and then they get fired!!!!

  • Ed - 2012-02-27 14:02

    shoot them. simpler quicker faster

      Kala - 2012-02-27 14:04

      How can we help you?

      Kala - 2012-02-27 14:05

      Today? Tomorrow? Together!

  • Godfrey - 2012-02-27 14:07

    Good news. Now lets hope none get taxpayer money to pay their lawyers.

  • Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-02-27 14:26

    When will this end?! I'm tired of these thieves! The sad thing is, they keep voting them into power! This is so frustrating!

      Adam - 2012-02-27 17:58

      This will carry on forever. If they are replaced the new ones will become just life the old. It is time the voters did something. The government cant do anything, only the voters can bring about the change. Dont be scared the DA doesnt believe in racism or apartheid nor is it a white party. Vote DA there is no other way.

  • Asanda - 2012-02-27 14:28

    Steal 11m and get R4000.00 bail, what a joke!

  • Sharon - 2012-02-27 14:45

    Another court case thats going to drag on for ever with the accused walking away due to incompetence of the justice department.

  • Rory Marx - 2012-02-27 14:49

    it is our money that they stealing ppl!its our tax that went to goverment thats stolen!get more white people in the goverment positions then there wont be empty promises and no more theft of taxpayers money!look at the positions on offer for govt they only want black or coloured ppl!open rascism!these ppl get away with everything!thats only what they could find but i guarantee u there is more than that thats stolen!what happened to the rest of the money that is estimated missing?makes me pissed off!every day i get angry with them seeing all the crap they doing!that money couldve been for housing and toilets and water,no more buckets!job creation!they stealing from the ppl but yet the ppl vote for them!they dont understand these things!wake up ppl time for change!

  • Deon - 2012-02-27 15:22

    There is a new doctor in the EC that is trying to clean up the province health's. Let let us hope no more people try to "shut him up". Well done so far.

  • Kagiso Tlhakung - 2012-02-27 17:42

    E Cape no suprise, full of white public servants trying to sabotage ANC

      maureen.bryden - 2012-02-27 21:50

      @Kagiso. East Cape full of WHITE public servants??? Broer, just what have you been smoking?????

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