The report that was issued gave an account of the arrest of some former Senior Education officials from the Eastern Cape Department of Education on allegations of fraud and corruption which saw millions being siphoned.
It is reported that four former Senior Eastern Cape Department of Education officials got arrested on corruption and fraud charges in relation to R59- million.
The report also confirmed that a certain director of a company also got arrested as well for being part of the criminal offence.
The funds are reported to have been meant to purchase textbooks for the pupils in the Eastern Cape. The names of the five suspects were reportedly availed and it includes the following;
● The 50 year old Noxolo Gwarube who is a former Chief Education specialist for the Education department
●The 58 year old official Mthunywa Ngonzo who used to serve as the Superintendent General .
●The 60 year old Monwabisi Tywakadi , who used to serve as the Education Deputy Director General for the Department.
● The 48 year old Tyrone Fourie , who used to serve the department of education as the Director for IT
●The Director of Siegemund Trust, who is a 47 year old Hermanus Smith.
Their arrests is reported to have taken place on Monday the 17th of May 2021 .They are reported to habe been released on R5000 bail each.
The members of the Hawks' Serious Corruption Investigation Team based in the East London are reported to be the ones that made the arrests of the five supects before they would be released on bail.Their next court appearance is expected to take place in the month of July 2021.
The five are reportedly being charged with corruption, fraud , and the violation of the Public Finance Management Act as the crimes were committed when they were serving in the offices of the Department of Education .
There are allegations from the Hawks that the former senior officials teamed up and fraudulently bypassed the normal process of purchasing and made a procurement of a R59-million Supplementary Resource Material arrangement.
The report states that the Department of Education had made a budget of R209- million which would be used for the supply and provision of the textbooks.The procurement of the Supplementary Resource Material had been scheduled to be made in another fiscal year.
There are allegations as well that there was an overpayment that was made to Border Christian Center. The overpayment is reported to have been to the tune of R120-million.The case is set to resume in court in the month of July.
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