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Hawks: Ex-National Lab CEO accused of R113m corruption out on bail

The Hawks said the National Health Laboratory Services overpaid a contract by more than R87 million while Joyce Mogale was CEO.


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The former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS), Joyce Mogale, made her first appearance before the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Monday, 6 September. She is accused of being involved in alleged tender corruption worth more than R113 million in 2016, according to the Hawks.


Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha said the allegations are that Mogale approved a three-year contract with Blue Future Internet and Surveillance for the provision, maintenance and support of end-user computer hardware.

“The adjusted contract stipulated that the amount involved was not to exceed R83 million whereas the letter of acceptance of the offer made it clear that the value of the contract was only above R25 million,” said Ramovha.

Despite this, the NHLS paid the supplier more than R113 million – exceeding the value of the contract by just more than R87 million.

The former CEO has been charged with fraud and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) because of misleading the Board of Directors at NHLS.

The suspect handed herself over to the Hawks in Germiston, Gauteng, on Monday morning shortly before her court appearance. She was granted R20 000 bail and the case has been postponed to 17 September 2021 for trial.

She is expected to be joined in the dock by her co-accused who are currently out on bail, said the Hawks.