Limpopo fraud: five get bail

2012-08-31 16:00

Five people accused of stealing R10 million from the Limpopo health department were granted R20 000 bail each by the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court this afternoon.

Four former and current employees of the Limpopo nursing college were arrested yesterday for allegedly awarding a host of tenders to companies which they, their friends and family members owned.

They are Betty Motjatji Kubayi (54), an administrative clerk at the supply chain section of the Limpopo nursing college; chief provisioning officer Vincent Mojela Sethowa (47), and ex-colleagues Matanye Gordon Monye (34), Gloria Gorataone Rampa (49) and Sipho Mzamane Baloyi (34).

Monye was the college’s accountant. Rampa and Baloyi were the deputy manager of finance and deputy manager respectively. Monye, Sethowa and Rampa were also members of the college’s tender committee.

Prosecutor Sammy Mogoshi did not oppose bail, saying the accused cooperated when they were arrested yesterday.

“The case will take between eight to 10 months to investigate,” he said.

Bail was initially set at R50 000 per accused, but their legal representatives negotiated it down to R20 000. All five accused said they intend to plead not guilty to the charges.

The charge sheet reveals that between January 1 2008 and December 24 2009 four companies – Gordon Enterprise, Nkoana Trading Enterprise, Tanyang Trading and Natty Travel and Supply – owned by Monye were paid about R1.7 million.

Between April 4 2006 and August 7 2009 seven companies – Poamabitsi Business Enterprise, Nkwezela Trading Enterprise, Nutra Investments 70, Moshisha Trading, A Re Yeng Agency, Ubuntu Mabande General Dealer and Dipoolo Trading 33 – were paid more than R3 million.

These companies are owned by Monye’s wife, his brothers and mother.

According to the charge sheet, the college’s tender process was unfair, flawed and fraudulent as only members of the tender committee and their families benefited from tenders issued.

During their bail application, it emerged that Baloyi had already been arrested and sentenced to a 10 year suspended sentence for the same case.

City Press previously reported that the department of health didn’t have a supply chain policy.

Officials called for quotes as and when they wanted to procure goods and services.

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