Official bungled a R470m hospital tender, but was hired to head North West’s health department | News24

Official bungled a R470m hospital tender, but was hired to head North West's health department | News24

Nabbed: North West health's departmental head, Obakeng Mongale

Nabbed: North West health’s departmental head, Obakeng Mongale

Limpopo Department of Public Works, Roads & Infras

Obakeng Mongale, who allegedly led a corrupt R470 million hospital-building project while he was the North West public works’ departmental head, was hired to head the provincial health department 13 years later. 

On Thursday, Mongale was arrested for the 2008 tender in which, according to the North West police, he gave tenders to companies that did not meet the bid’s requirements, including one business undergoing liquidation, to develop the Brits District Hospital. The facility’s opening was delayed by several years, only opening in April 2014. Mongale faces contravention of the Public Finance Management Act charges. 

Police said the provincial government had given about R57 million to the liquidated Ilima Projects and Tsoga Developers when the contract was stopped in 2010 following shoddy work, which had to be fixed by another company at extra cost to the state worth millions of rand.

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