Former Northern Cape Health HOD in court over R300 million tender fraud

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Former Northern Cape Health HOD Steven Jonkers and his co-accused are expected back in the High Court for alleged tender corruption amounting to over R300 million.

It is alleged in 2017, Jonkers awarded a tender irregularly to Defensor Electronic Security Systems for the rendering of security services to the department.

The directors of the company, Gert Van Rooyen and Claudia Peterson, face charges of fraud and contravention of the Private Security Industry Regulation Act.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Mojalefa Senokoatsane says, “The accused are facing various charges, which include the contravening of provisions of the Public Finance Management Act, contravening the Private Security Industry Regulation Act, as well as fraud.”

Senokoatsane says, “This charge emanates from a security tender, whereby the defensor was awarded this tender without following proper processes. the tender amounted to more than R300 million.”