Another North West former health department head charged over tender

Another North West former health department head charged over tender

The National Prosecuting Authority said that in 2008 and 2009, the North West government sought to build two hospitals in Ledig [Moses Kotane Hospital] and Vryburg [Joe Morolong Hospital]. 

It said a tender was subsequently awarded to the company MR Property (Pty) Ltd, belonging to Mabe, as well as Raliform Investment belonging to Leshabane.

NPA spokesperson Henry Mamothame said service-level agreements were signed between the two companies and their directors for services that needed to be rendered to the two hospitals. 

“The services were, however, not rendered while these companies allegedly submitted fraudulent invoices which were paid by the department after being authorised by Mbulawa,” Mamothame said.

He said this allegedly led to a loss of more than R86m to the department of health, paid to Mabe’s company, and more than R49m paid to Leshabane’s company.

The state’s case is that the two HODs signed the service-level agreements knowing the two companies were not compliant and did not meet the requirements. 

Mamothame said Lekalakala has a separate pending case in which he is charged with two counts of fraud and one of contravening the PFMA.

“He allegedly fraudulently awarded a contract for sourcing mobile clinics to Mediosa Health, a company linked to the Gupta family. He is out on R5,000 bail and the matter is due back in court on February 12 for trial.”