Suspended prisons official quits

2010-11-12 09:05

 Johannesburg - The suspended regional commissioner for North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, Patrick Gillingham, has resigned, the Department of Correctional Services said.

"The resignation of Mr Gillingham closed a very long chapter of costly investigations and disciplinary processes that, I believe impacted negatively on service delivery capacity of the region," said correctional services national commissioner Tom Moyane late on Thursday.

"I must express my deepest appreciation to Ms Lunga Tseane (Acting Regional commissioner of LMN) and her management team for holding the fort," he added.

Moyane said minister Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula had promised President Jacob Zuma that "no effort will be spared to fight fraud, corruption and all their manifestations".

Gillingham is the department's former financial officer but was redeployed as regional commissioner in 2007 following reports that he was not qualified for the job and that he had only a matric certificate.

He was suspended in September 2008 after a preliminary report implicated him in tender irregularities.

  • Valkerie - 2010-11-12 09:18

    Why are people still being offered jobs that clearly are not qualified for them? The private sector has their checks, so why aren't our government departments applying the same processes?

  • Bheki - 2010-11-12 10:41

    Hhayi bo!! If he was corrupt he must be arrested. If he did not follow tender procedures let him account, by the way it is our money that was stolen. We can not allow that from 2008 nothing concrete has come up as a proof that he has done anything wrong. It is not acceptable that whenever you have stolen from the government and you decide to resign, all cases against you are dropped, that will be crime.

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