gavel thumb100 The Star reports that an elaborate R93-million scheme to defraud the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) was allegedly orchestrated by three of its former senior managers, who worked in tandem with a convicted fraudster.  

The State made these allegations against Thuso Motsepe, the former supply chain manager; Mthunzi Mthimkhulu, the former facilities manager; and Sibusiso Mthenjana, who had been head of the legal department.  They appeared in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday on charges of tender fraud and corruption involving R93.7m.  It also emerged that Mthimkhulu was facing another charge for allegedly stealing 17 cars belonging to the state entity.  The accused allegedly worked in tandem with re-arrested fugitive Pierre Petersen to fraudulently approve a lucrative tender in 2016 to supply the NHLS with the “provision, maintenance and support of end-user computer hardware for a period of three years”.  These included desktops, laptops and associated peripheral devices, on-site labour and repairs. Petersen is the managing director of Blue Future, the company at the centre of the alleged corruption that received the tender.  All the accused indicated to the court that they were innocent of the charges against them.

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