MEC allegedly received R1m bribe from NGO contracted to build toilets

MEC allegedly received R1m bribe from NGO contracted to build toilets

A report has emerged detailing how the MEC for Education in Limpopo had allegedly received bribes from a trust. Ishmael Kgetjepe was allegedly paid over R1 million by an NGO contracted by the state to build toilets.

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Ishmael Kgetjepe has allegedly received over R1 million from a NGO that had been contracted by the government to build toilets at schools.

The MEC for Education in Limpopo had reportedly requested the funds either by phone or in person, according to a report compiled by auditors.

Mvula Trust had won a lucrative tender from the Department of Education in 2012 as part of the ASIDI initiative to build schools in the Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.

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According to City Press, the trust had been paid R650 million during 2017 alone, specifically to improve unsafe toilet facilities in the regions.

The report compiled by auditors claims that managers at the trust had revealed that Kgetjepe had requested the funds for 'his constituency work and various political work at branch level'.

The report also found, much to their surprise, that the trust's heads were willing to continue making payments of this nature, but had denied that they had been bribes:

“In light of the above, we commit to keep proper records and supporting documents of these requests to ensure that all expenses are duly accounted for. We have already engaged the MEC accordingly in relation to the corrective measures the organisation will effect to avoid recurrences.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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