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An FNB manager has been arrested for allegedly stealing R4 million from the bank. Image via: Adobe Stock

Two Gauteng Health Department officials arrested for fraud

Two Gauteng Health Department officials appeared in court on fraud allegations worth R400 000 on Thursday 5 November 2020.

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An FNB manager has been arrested for allegedly stealing R4 million from the bank. Image via: Adobe Stock

Gauteng Health Department Supply Chain Clerks, Sibongile Sibiya, 44, and Lebowani Zimu, 36, appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on fraud allegations on Thursday 5 November 2020. Their appearance came shortly after their arrests. 

The Gauteng Health Department, has for quite some time now, faced many allegations of corruption within its walls. Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the following; 

“The damning allegations of corruption regarding the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment have profoundly eroded public confidence in the collective work of the province in the fight against COVID-19,” he said. 


It is alleged that the accused allegedly colluded and fraudulently altered a purchasing order to deliver dressing wounds adhesives for approximately R456 000 to Jasuki Enterprise instead of the awarded service provider, Pearly Locus (Ltd) in October 2015.

“Sibiya and Zimu handed themselves [over] at the Serious Commercial Crime Investigation offices in Johannesburg on Thursday morning,” said Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu. 

“They were charged for fraud and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA),” added Mulamu. 

Following their court appearance, they were granted bail of R5 000 each. They are expected back in court on 21 January 2021 for disclosure.

Suspended Gauteng Health Department official and MEC Bandile Masuku, on Friday 23 October 2020, filed legal papers in the High Court of South Africa to have the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU) findings against him deemed unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid. 

This comes after Gauteng Premier David Makhura let him go on the basis of SIU findings that claimed irregular PPE tenders were awarded under his watch.

Masuku’s lawyers, in a statement, said that he has endured an onslaught of unfounded allegations that have been used to “tarnish” his professional integrity and image, thereby violating a wide range of his rights in law and denying him justice.

Masuku’s lawyers said the SIU findings reach untruthful and unsubstantiated conclusions which are based on “illogical inferences, suppositions and conjecture”. 

“The lack of a factual and/or evidentiary foundation for the impugned findings heightens the injustice that our client has suffered and continues to suffer,” the statement read. 

“The SIU was invited to investigate as a result of the forensic audit that was started by our client. Notwithstanding that there were incidents of alleged PPE procurement irregularities in other provinces, our client was the first MEC to conduct some form of investigation in the country,” it added.