The Hawks have arrested a high-ranking education official linked to a fraud investigation worth millions of rands.

The official was reportedly taken in at the Zwelitsha Police Station in the Eastern Cape.

Hawks spokesperson, Yolisa Mgolodela says, “There was a tender that was awarded to a company which allegedly belongs to the sister of the director of supply chain management in the Eastern Cape Department of Education.”

“The agreement was whenever there was money generated from that tender payments, the sister would be [getting] 10% of that money. The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) tender was around R2 million. There were other tenders that were awarded erroneously to that same company also amounting to more than R2 million. So we are talking about an amount of more than R4 million,” adds Mgolodela.

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Meanwhile last week, the Gauteng Department of Education and Youth Development served three senior managers with charges after a Special Investigating Unit investigation on the use of funds for the decontamination of schools in Gauteng.

Earlier this year, a report by the department found that over R400 million had been spent on decontamination in just three months and that most of it was unnecessary.

While the investigation into the mismanagement of funds is still ongoing, the department says they will not rule out the possibility of charging others.

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