Ex-education MEC in court for fraud

2012-08-19 21:18

Johannesburg - Former North West education MEC Johannes Tselapedi and four other people have appeared in court for alleged tender fraud, the Sunday Independent reported.

Tselapedi, former provincial education department head Nathanzima Mweli, his successor Charles Raseala, doctor-turned-motivational speaker John Tibane and his wife Ruth, appeared on Friday and would be back in the Molopo Regional Court on 12 October.

A decision on whether they would face an additional charge of racketeering would be made before then, North West National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Frank Lesenyego said.

The charges relate to several tenders worth R13m, allegedly awarded without proper procedure having been followed.

Tibane Consulting Services was given a three-month contract to supply a motivational speaker.

"But it continued for a period of three years without an extension and not in compliance with the Public Finance Management Act," Lesenyego was quoted as saying.

Several other contracts were allegedly irregularly awarded.

North West education department spokesperson Gershwin Chuenyane said Mweli resigned before he could face charges.

He is currently acting deputy director general of curriculum in the basic education department.

Department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said they could do nothing against him as the allegations involved his previous job, and that he was innocent until proven guilty.

  • sa.citizen.3 - 2012-08-19 21:24

    Excellent jail and throw away the keys - official thugs!!!

  • kim.buren - 2012-08-19 21:31

    So you can resign before one faces charges in the ANC. How nice is this. B&lls&t

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-19 23:01

      Its called looking after ones friends

  • Erna - 2012-08-19 21:58

    Nice - resign before being charged and get a better job in the same government! And they wonder why everything goes so horribly wrong. No commission of enquiry needed at all.

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-19 22:00

    Now what is new? Have we gone one single day in South Africa in at least the last 2 years where thre was not something on News24 about fraud, corruption or unauthorised spending of taxpayers by some government official? But carry on voting on for your robbers dear ANC members, carry on voting for your own even more downward demise! Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Apparently we should call SA the asylum of the world.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-19 22:09

    Criminal comrades, every time a coconut. ANC soft on crime cause they would all be locked up.

  • lownabester - 2012-08-19 22:16

    When will it stop!!! Never. they get away with murder.

  • lala.kunene - 2012-08-19 23:22

    just a waste of time, the next thing, he will be out on Paroll

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-08-19 23:48

    We are becoming the laughing stock on the world.. Bunch of Banana's Republic

  • wesleywt - 2012-08-20 06:24

    INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY is only for the courts. You can fire someone who is being charged with fraud. You are not the courts.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-08-20 06:48


      tommy.cilliers - 2013-02-11 12:08

      Find some books first lol

  • Dylan Dillboy Allison - 2012-08-20 06:51

    What I'm curious about is if we look back 20 years to when the previous 'apartheid' government ran the municipalities and government facilities... Just how much fraud and racketeering took place?? How is it that in 20 years anyone with half chance to get a snout in the trough tries to drain the trough in a single slurp and think they can get away Scott free??

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-08-20 07:18

    Motivational speaker to motivate them in the art of fraud and corruption

  • ExecutiveTrend - 2013-02-11 12:27

    Thugs will be thugs even with a so called education today. If you have the qualifications, or not, you simply change it to suit your needs, get the job, sit back and help yourself to buckets and buckets of money. Tax payers money and, if you're caught out, you will simply get a slap on the wrist and resign and go and do it in some other department. There is no such a thing as an honest ANC official in this country of ours.

  • Anna-Maria Flanegan - 2013-04-29 14:06

    I just can't wait for the grand finale.... the day of reckoning!!! Roll on, times!!

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