A United States embassy centre for disease control boss - in charge of preventing HIV and TB - said he would “most likely” contract diseases in South Africa’s unhygienic prisons if he was not released on bail.
On Wednesday Dr Alfred Bere‚ 37‚ was granted R100‚000 bail after he was busted by the Hawks for allegedly being part of a scheme which defrauded the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union’s worker health programme of donor money worth R25-million.
Bere‚ a US resident who was born in Zimbabwe‚ achieved his PhD in Mucosal Immunology from the University of Cape Town in 2010. He works as the branch head for prevention of HIV and TB for the US government’s centre for disease control and prevention (CDC).
According to the Hawks he was tasked with overseeing donated funds and allegedly used the funds for personal gain.
“The funds were donated from the United States of America‚ meant to be redistributed to deserving Non-Profit Organisation (NGO) to fight the spread of diseases by providing health care services to key groups and individuals‚” said Western Cape Hawks spokesperson Captain Philani Nkwalase.