SIU welcomes arrest of former Mpumalanga education head turned health official on PPE corruption charges

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The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has welcomed the arrest of a former acting department head in the Mpumalanga Department of Education on charges related to the irregular procurement of personal protective equipment valued at over R21 million.

Jabulani Rolland Nkosi, who is currently a chief director in the health department, was released on R10 000 bail on Friday after the Hawks arrested him on charges of contravening the Public Finance Management Act.

He was released on bail after an appearance in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court.

"The SIU investigation into the procurement of PPE by the education department revealed that Jabulani Rolland Nkosi, in his capacity as the accounting officer, allegedly failed to comply with the provisions of the PFMA in procuring a number of PPE items to the value of R21.9 million," said the SIU on Monday. 

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In a statement following Nkosi's arrest and subsequent release on Friday, police spokesperson Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said that investigations revealed that PPE in the department was purchased without following the correct supply chain processes.

The matter will be back in court on 20 April.


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