By Kaya 959 Reporter
A former chief executive officer at the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) has appeared in court after she was implicated in a multimillion Rand corruption tender deal.
Joyce Mogale, 66, was arrested on charges of corruption to the tune of R113-million. The alleged incident took place in 2016.
Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha said Mogale allegedly signed a contract with Blue Future Internet and Surveillance (PTY) Ltd for the provision, maintenance and support of end-user computer hardware for a period of three years.
He said 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.
“The NHLS consequently paid the supplier an amount of R113 million which exceeded the value of the contract by just over R87 million. The former CEO has been charged for fraud and contravention of Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) following her misrepresentations to the Board of Directors at NHLS,” Ramovha said.
Mogale released on bail
Mogale handed herself over to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in Germiston on Monday morning shortly before her court appearance where she was granted bail of R20, 000.
Ramovha said the case has been postponed to 17 September 2021 for a trial where she will be joined by her fellow accomplices who are also out on bail.
Meanwhile in a separate and unrelated case, a 38-year-old Nomasonto Rikhotso who was employed as a manager at Power Life Global SA was arrested for allegations of fraudulently transferring over R1.9 million into her own business Marindle Trading Enterprise’s account between April and May 2020.
Rikhotso was released on R5 000 bail following his appearance in court on Monday. The case has been postponed to 13 October 2021.