Blanket-gate: ‘Sloppy’ prosecution of corruption accused officials allows them back to work

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The KwaZulu-Natal provincial Social Development Department, which is under pressure to act against “Blanket-gate” officials currently on suspension, is in a tight corner after a “sloppy” presentation at the officials’ hearing resulted in them being allowed back to work.

The eight top officials — including the department’s chief financial officer, Brian Ndaba — where placed on suspension in August after a forensic investigation fingered them in the irregular procurement of 48 000 blankets for a staggering R22 million.

To save face and stave off a possible confrontation with Premier Sihle Zikalala, who made it clear that the officials should not be allowed to return to work until they had been cleared, the department is currently attempting to fight the ruling that the suspensions should be lifted.

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