‘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?”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.