Ex-MEC granted R250 000 bail

2011-12-21 10:00

Johannesburg - Former North West education MEC, Reverend Johannes Tselapedi and two senior officials were granted bail on Tuesday after appearing in court on charges of fraud and corruption, provincial police said.

Tselapedi was granted bail of R250 000 by the Mahikeng Regional Court. 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.

The State had asked for R1m bail for each of the accused, which the magistrate rejected.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel McIntosh Polela said none of the three had paid bail by the end of Tuesday. They face 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.

"The original tenders were for R3.5m. These services apparently ran for a further three years after the expiry date. R12m was allegedly paid for services rendered after the expiry of the contract," Polela said in a statement.

The investigation into the matter began earlier this year. The case was postponed to the February 20.

  • Piet - 2011-12-21 10:13

    Bail!!!! They should not grant any gov official bail for Corruption!

      Squeegee - 2011-12-21 11:07

      Why have comments been closed on the article dealing with Zuma's attack on Christianity. Are we supposed to keep quiet when this moron attacks our faith? Retract the article News24 and admit he never said it or allow us to comment.

  • Larry - 2011-12-21 10:15

    Apart from stealing the place blind, what did he do to his ANC Masters, to get charged with what is their National pastime?

  • David - 2011-12-21 10:28

    Shuu. thinks are bad for the ANC.Even Reverends are now accused of corruption!

  • nishaatf - 2011-12-21 10:34

    Corruption ,Corruption .... Tired of all this Bull now

  • Rashaad Hendricks - 2011-12-21 10:40

    Glad and kind of surprised that he couldnt make bail an remains locked up

  • Comrade - 2011-12-21 11:10

    ANC is nothing but SCUM

  • frans.grobler3 - 2011-12-21 11:56

    What is new! news 24 start naming obiding and honest officials or is this call too tall!

      Sharon - 2011-12-21 12:33

      In the ANC there is no honest and abiding law official or church official

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2011-12-21 12:19

    Mr. Tselapedi was crazy not to have fallen to the ground, faking a stroke or something.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-21 12:31

    What else is new ............ this kinda thing is so old now ........we all know that evil people and rotten fraudsters are getting away with their crimes .........just so sick

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