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mpumaNews24Wire reports that Mpumalanga’s education department head, Mahlasedi Mhlabane, has been fired following an internal investigation by the integrity unit in the premier’s office.  

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane confirmed on Tuesday that Mhlabane’s contract had been suspended and would not be renewed.  Mhlabane was suspended in March while investigations were under way.  The investigation found that Mhlabane lied to the provincial government by changing figures in the department’s annual report and that she might be involved in corruption and maladministration.  Two of the main issues related to the school nutrition scheme and the supply of textbooks to pupils.  The province is facing a R100-million lawsuit from nine companies after Mhlabane apparently decided to award the nutrition scheme contracts to 17 companies that were not in the running for the tenders.  Evidence against Mhlabane included a SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) finding that, although she stated in her 2017 annual report that 63% of pupils had received textbooks, only 36% actually received study material.  

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