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Fraud case against Gupta-linked North West health head postponed

The extortion body of evidence against the Gupta-connected previous top of the Department of Health in the North West, Dr Andrew Lekalakala, has been deferred because of his chronic sickness.

Lekalakala showed up in the North West High Court on Monday where his guard lawyer furnished the court with a clinical testament.

He is dealing with two indictments of extortion, one of contradicting the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and another, concerning the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act (PRECCA).

The charges connect with supposed fake granting of an agreement for versatile facilities to Mediosa Health Pty (Ltd) in February 2017, an organization connected to the Gupta family.

The portable facilities were intended to support country networks in the North West.

A comparable venture was at that point being carried out in the Free State and Lekalakala, as the then bookkeeping official, purportedly chose to utilize a similar agreement and apply the Treasury guidelines, that consider the cooperation in a current agreement organized by one more organ of state, with a similar agreement terms.

Public Prosecuting Authority (NPA) territorial representative Henry Mamothame said it was, nonetheless, found that the granting of this agreement didn't consent to Treasury guidelines and the task was not planned for.

"The denounced likewise dishonestly demonstrated during an administration meeting that the help by Mediosa Health, was a National Department of Health drive that would be carried out to different territories. He further lied that there was consistence with the Treasury guidelines," Mamothame said.

"Mediosa Health purportedly got a forthright installment of R30 million and Lekalakala is claimed to have gotten satisfaction in a type of an excursion to India, joined by his mate and his partners. The state additionally means demonstrating that the assistance level arrangement was endorsed on this outing and not at the Department of Health workplaces."

Mamothame said the state is supposed to call its second observer when the preliminary starts on 3 October.

In the mean time, Lekalakala is still out on R5,000 bail which has been stretched out until his next court appearance.

Source: The Citizen

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