Nelson Mandela funeral fraud: Axed health MEC Sindiswa Gomba and 11 co-accused back in court in July
Former Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba
- Axed health MEC Sindiswa Gomba and 11 others face an array of charges, including fraud and money laundering.
- They are accused of misleading the Buffalo City Metro into believing that it had an obligation to make money available for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela.
- It is alleged that R10 million was siphoned from the Buffalo City Metro under the pretence that it was meant for the funeral.
Former Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba and 11 others briefly appeared in the East London Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday charges of fraud and money laundering which relate to the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela.
The charges stem from allegations that R10 million were siphoned from the Buffalo City Metro (BCM) under the pretence that it was meant for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela.
Gomba and the other ANC
- Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi presented with mild symptoms before a Covid-19 test.
- Mokgethi was one of the first people to receive the J&J vaccine, under the Sisonke Programme in Gauteng.
- Last week, Gauteng Premier David Makhura announced the province had officially entered the third wave.
Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently in self-isolation, the provincial government confirmed.
In a statement, it said Mokgethi presented with mild symptoms before a Covid-19 test on Tuesday.
She received the vaccine in February.
“All persons who were in contact with her have been advised to self-isolate and test, if necessary. The Health MEC was one of the first people to receive the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, under the Sisonke Programme in Gauteng. The Covid-19 vaccine prevents severe illness, hospitalisation and death.”
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The province said Mokgethi
Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba
Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has been fired from her position to allow her time to focus on her Nelson Mandela funeral fraud case.
The announcement was made by Premier Oscar Mabuyane during a media briefing on Thursday.
Mabuyane added that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Xolile Nqatha would serve as acting health MEC until a permanent appointment was made.
Gomba will, however, remain as a member of the Eastern cape legislature.
Mabuyane also revealed that Gomba was implicated in a Special Investigating Unit report on wrongdoing, alongside former health head Dr Thobile Mbengashe.
This is in relation to the procurement of the infamous scooter ambulances at a cost of R10 million by the provincial health department.
At the same time, Gomba, several other ANC heavyweights in the Buffalo City Metro region and municipal officials are facing a string of serious
North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha has urged people to comply with the Covid-19 regulations.
- North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha has closed a post office and a home affairs office for non-compliance to Covid-19 regulations.
- The Wolmaransstad Post Office and the home affairs offices were closed on Tuesday.
- Sambatha said the two institutions had constantly flouted regulations around sanitising, social distancing and mask-wearing.
North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha has ordered the closure of the Wolmaransstad Post Office and the home affairs offices because of a “persistent failure to comply with Covid-19 regulations”.
Sambatha ordered the closure on Tuesday.
In a statement, Sambatha said the two institutions had been found to be “consistent with non-compliance with Covid-19 regulations regarding social distancing, wearing of masks in public and sanitising”.
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As of Tuesday, the province had
Former Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.
- The PSA has come out in favour of the axing of former Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.
- Gomba was fired amid fraud allegations stemming from the funeral of Nelson Mandela and an SIU report into the acquisition of scooter ambulances.
- The organisation said to keep Gomba in the position would have sent the wrong message to the public.
The Public Servants’ Association (PSA) has welcomed the dismissal of former Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.
The union said keeping her in the position would have set a precedent “that stealing from a public purse is acceptable (sic)”.
Gomba was sacked by Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane after she was implicated by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) in the awarding of a R10 million tender to a company for the acquisition of the infamous scooter ambulances, as well as alleged fraud around