A former principal of the Southern Cape TVET College and his seven co-accused have been released on bail after being arrested on charges of corruption and fraud.
Luvuyo Ngubelanga, former principal of the college, was released in the George Magistrate’s Court on bail of R10 000. The other seven suspects were released on bail of between R2 000 and R5 000.
According to Eric Ntabazalila, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the Southern Cape TVET college has six campuses – in George, Beaufort West, Plettenberg Bay, Riversdal, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn.
The State alleges that between 2010 and 2014 one of the defendants’ construction company, Inyameko Building Construction, was requested to provide 25 quotations for construction and related alterations for all the campuses. The quotes were approved although there was no valid tax number or other required documents.
“The accused allegedly conspired to ensure that the 25 construction contracts were awarded to Inyameko Building Construction.” More than R24 million was paid for the work.
The case was adjourned until May 11 and transferred to the George Regional Court.
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