Police are out in full search of a former department of health official who was fingered in one of the biggest Covid-19 scandals in the country.
This is despite the fact that sent a message to the courts telling them that he had been bereaved. But he did not show them the death certificate. A warrant of arrest has been issued by the courts and time is running out.
35 year old Matinise worried court officials when he did not appear in the Mthatha specialised commercial crimes court on Tuesday and acting magistrate Shylock Ndengezi said if he was not in court on the next date, he would be arrested.
A warrant of arrest was immediately applied for by the State.
Matinise is well known for his flashy social media posts. In one of the posts he posed holding a big bottle of Johnnie Walker whisky.
The former employee faces fraud, forgery and uttering, relating to a provincial health department personal protective equipment tender worth more than R23m.
He was arrested earlier this Tyler in July after he was fingered by the Special Investigating Unit in the alleged PPE fraud.
Hawks spokesperson Capt Yolisa Mgolodela said Matinise, allegedly purporting to be the director of supply chain, forged a tender award letter to a service provider for Covid-19 PPE to deliver R23.4m worth of N95 masks.
The court found that there was no reason why Matinise had not appeared in court. He is out on R1000 bail.
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