The Portfolio Committee on Health in the North West has resolved to seek the assistance of the State Security Agency, to get the clearance of embattled Head of the Department, Dr Thabo Lekalakala.

This after the Department could not sufficiently answer on both the qualifications and appointment of Dr Lekalakala.

Lekalakala who is currently facing a Hawks probe on alleged corruption and fraud, admitted to the SABC that he made a pre-payment of R30 million and a further R180 million to a Gupta-linked company.

He also admitted that he enjoyed a 4 day all-expenses-paid trip to India with his wife and friends, paid by the same company.

Committee Chairperson Madoda Sambatha says Lekalakala’s appointment was irregular.

“The HOD was never a Chief Director at the national health that we know for a fact. What we wanted to know is that whether he was a Chief Director. We must just request formally the competency test, and also get his security clearance. This one didn’t get clearance, I know. We must compare apples with apples,” adds Sambatha.

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