Non Profit Organisation (NPO), directors aged 40 and 53 have been served with summonses to appear in court by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation following their arrest in Lebowakgomo area during the week.
It is alleged that between 2016 and 2017, the Department of Health in the province erroneously made a payment of R753 520.00 into the account of Itukisetseng Home Based Care in Lebowakgomo.
After the department was audited, it was discovered that there was an erroneous payment made to the NPO. It is further alleged that the Department of Health approached the NPO in attempt to recover its money but there was no cooperation.
Further engagement with the NPO was allegedly made, instead of paying back the money the NPO deposited a fraudulent cheque into the bank account of the department which later bounced.
The matter was reported to the Hawks in December 2019 for investigation and the suspects including a juristic person (Itukisetseng Home Based Care) were eventually arrested and warned to appear in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on 15 December 2020.