South Africa: former Mpumalanga education official arrested

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is working hard to ensure that all actors involved in the alleged improper procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by the Mpumalanga Department of Education are brought to justice.

This after the department’s former acting head of department, Jabulani Nkosi, was arrested and charged with breaching the Public Financial Management Act when purchasing PPE, worth around 21 million rand.

“Nkosi was arrested on Friday. He appeared in Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court and was released on R10,000 bail. The case has been adjourned to 20 April 2022 for further investigation.

“Nkosi was seconded from Mpumalanga Health Department as Accounting Officer, and has since returned to his position as Chief Director of the [provincial] Department of Health,” SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said.

Kganyago said the Anti-Corruption Unit will ask the Special Court to rescind and review the PPE bid, and “recover the financial losses suffered by the state and the Department of Education” .

“The SIU works closely with the [National Prosecuting Authority] and Hawks in this regard, and will continue to work together to ensure that all actors identified by SIU investigations in alleged crimes within the Department of Education are held accountable for their actions,” it said. -he declares.

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