Suspended North West Health boss now arrested for fraud

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Suspended North West Health boss Thabo Lekalakala has been arrested on fraud charges, reports News24. Lekalakala appeared in the Mmabatho Regional Court in Mahikeng on the same day and was released on R20,000 bail, Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi is quoted in the report as saying.

Lekalakala’s co-accused, former North West finance MEC Wendy Nelson appeared in court on Friday for fraud and was also granted R20,000 bail. The two are expected to appear in court again on 6 September, Mulaudzi said.

The report quotes provincial Hawks spokesperson Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso as saying that Nelson was arrested following investigations into allegations pertaining to the irregular appointment of a senior official in the health department in 2014.

It was reported earlier that Nelson’s arrest was linked to the dubious appointment of the health department head who sealed the controversial R180m Gupta-linked Mediosa contract.

News24 report

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