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
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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