Axed E Cape Health MEC’s former messenger in court over forged signature linked to R23m PPE tender

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  • Ayanda Matinise, the messenger for controversial axed Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba, was arrested on 8 July for alleged forgery.
  • He used a forged signature to grant a R23.4m tender for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • The procurement committee was shocked to receive an invoice from the service provider.    

The messenger for controversial Eastern Cape ANC Youth League member and former axed Health MEC, Sindiswa Gomba, has appeared in the Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday for fraud, forgery and uttering.

Ayanda Matinise is accused of forging the signature of the director of supply chain in the health department to rubber-stamp a personal protective equipment tender of R23.4 million. 

The incident took place last September, according to the Hawks.  

In August last year, Matinise made headlines after he was arrested in Qonce for transporting liquor during the national alert Level 3 lockdown. 

He had allegedly used the car without authorisation. 

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As part of this alleged tender crime, Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela said the service provider was to deliver N95 masks to offices of the OR Tambo district department of health.

Mgolodela said:

It is reported that the service provider submitted invoices for payment to be effected after delivering the PPE. The procurement committee knew nothing about the awarding of such [a] tender. The service provider was then requested to bring the award letter. On scrutinising the letter, it was discovered that the content including signatures were fraudulent.

She said a complaint was lodged with the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team in East London and Matinise was arrested on 8 July 2021. 

No money was paid by the department. 

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“This case forms part of many cases that have been reported to the Hawks concerning the unlawful awarding of PPE tenders ranging from R4 million to R260 million ever since the onset of Covid-19 at the beginning of 2020. This is the second arrest and more arrests are imminent,” Mgolodela said. 

The Eastern Cape head of the Hawks, Major-General Obed Ngwenya, lauded the Serious Corruption Investigation team for its “zeal in handling these cases as lives were lost while people were busy with personal enrichment”.

Matinise was released on R1 000 bail and the matter was postponed to 31 August 2021 for trial.


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Publish date : 2021-07-08 16:28:19

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