Tebogo Msimanga |
The High Court in North West postponed the fraud case against the former head of the Department of Health in that province, Andrew Lekalakala to 03 October 2022, owing to his ill health. His defence attorney provided the court with a medical certificate.
Lekalakala is facing two charges of fraud. The charges relate to the alleged fraudulent awarding of a contract for mobile clinics to Mediosa Health Pty (Ltd) in February 2017, a company linked to the Gupta family. The mobile clinics were meant to serve rural communities in the North West.
North West National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Spokesperson Henry Mamothame said a similar project was already being implemented in the Free State province and Lekalakala, as the then accounting officer, allegedly decided to participate in the same contract.
“The accused also falsely indicated during a management meeting that the service by Mediosa Health was a National Department of Health initiative that would be rolled out to other provinces. He further lied that there was compliance with the Treasury Regulations.”
Mediosa Health allegedly received an upfront payment of R30 million and Lekalakala is alleged to have received a bribe in a form of a trip to India, accompanied by his spouse and his associates.
Mamothame said the state also intends to prove that the service level agreement was signed on this trip and not at the Department of Health offices.
The state is expected to call its second witness when the trial commences in October. Meanwhile, Lekalakala is still out on R5000 bail and it was extended until his next court appearance.