Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says the decision by the Johannesburg Labour Court to dismiss with costs an application by suspended Director-General Gwebs Qonde, should serve as a lesson to those who continue to support those who are defrauding the state.

The court declared Qonde’s application to set aside his suspension unlawful and ordered him to carry costs of the application and two counsels.

Nzimande suspended Qonde in July following findings by the Auditor-General that there was money that could not be accounted for in the National Skills Fund.

Nzimande says the outcome of the court was expected and it vindicates government commitment to fight against maladministration, corruption and the capturing of the State.

Nzimande emphasized that this court decision should also serve as a lesson to those who continue or support those who continue to defraud the State to know that their time has come to an end.