Four former Gauteng health officials get bail in 'corruption' case that cost department R1.2bn

22 October 2020 - 13:33
Four former Gauteng health officials intend to plead not guilty to charges relating to a SIU report showing alleged financial misconduct and corruption.
Four former Gauteng health officials intend to plead not guilty to charges relating to a SIU report showing alleged financial misconduct and corruption.
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Four former officials at the Gauteng department of health made their first appearance in the Palm Ridge magistrate's court on Thursday to face charges relating to allegations of corruption at the department.

The allegations are contained in the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report of 2018, which probed corruption in the Gauteng health department.

Former head of department Sybil Ngcobo appeared on a charge of contravening provisions of the Public Finance Management Act. She was released on bail of R8,000.

Former chief director at the department Mmakgosi Mosupi, former director of supply chain management Valdis Ramaano and former director of the executive supports programme Dr Obakeng Mookeletsi appeared to face a charge of corruption each. They were each released on bail of R25,000.

The SIU report showed alleged financial misconduct and corruption that cost the department more than R1.2bn between 2006 and 2010.

Four former officials at the Gauteng department of health made their first appearance in the Palm Ridge magistrate's court. Their case relates to allegations contained in a SIU report in 2018, the report shows alleged financial misconduct and corruption that cost the department more than R1.2bn between 2006 and 2010.

The report uncovered evidence of how a small firm called 3P Consulting allegedly provided kickbacks, overseas trips and other benefits to top politicians and officials to secure lucrative contracts for its directors, friends and family.

The accused said they had been informed that the charges related to allegations contained in the SIU report. They all indicated they would plead not guilty.

The state did not oppose bail but had asked that it should be set at R30,000.

The case was postponed until December 3.

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