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TWO officials of an HIV-Aids centre in Pinetown, outside Durban, have been arrested for defrauding the department of health R6million.
The venue, known as Dream Centre, was closed last year after experiencing financial problems.
It had been receiving funding from the department of health based on the number of patients admitted on a daily basis.
It drew attention when the department of health became suspicious of the number of people its management claimed were being assisted on a daily basis.
Department of health spokesperson Chris Maxon said they subsequently conducted a forensic audit.
"The audit revealed that the centre had defrauded the department of R6million by claiming funding for the patients they never admitted," Maxon said.
"For example, they submitted a claim for 10 patients while they had only admitted five."
Sowetan has also been reliably informed that before the funding from the department was made available, patients used to pay R50 a day.
Maxon said another centre owned by the same people in Empangeni is also under investigation.
"We expect more arrests soon," Maxon said. "we believe the investigation into the Empangeni centre is going to expose more corruption."
He said the arrests were surely going to send out a strong message to other centres working with the department.
"We are happy that the investigations were able to keep tabs of the corruption," he said.
He said they are going to attach equipment belonging to the centre so that it can be sold to recover the money of which the health department had been defrauded.
The centre experienced financial difficulties after its contract with the department of health expired and was not renewed.
At its venue it accommodated patients referred to it from a number of local hospitals.
It offered hospice-like services where patients are taken care of, monitored and given medical attention while recovering.