A GOVERNMENT official in Limpopo has been accused of demanding sexual favours from young women aspiring to become nurses before awarding them study bursaries.
A damning dossier, that was leaked to Sowetan this week, implicates the official of alleged sexual misdemeanour, nepotism and misuse of government resources.
The official works in Botlokwa, north of Polokwane, in the provincial department of health and social development.
The bursaries are an initiative of the department to encourage young people to enrol in the nursing profession.
The dossier says the official's task is to identify orphans and youths from the poorest families.
But he has allegedly been abusing his powers by demanding sexual favours from young women desperate to realise their dreams.
It is also alleged that the official has been urging people to join the ANC so that they could be employed in the public service.
Sowetan was approached by four women who insisted that the official, a married father of three, had demanded sexual favours from them when they approached him for application forms.
One of them, Makelle Seshibe from Mphakane, said: "When he realised that I wanted to pursue nursing through the state bursaries, he began to propose to me.
"He knew damn well that I was desperate. However, I had no feelings for him because of the age gap between us and that compromised my chances to get the bursary.
"After realising that I was not ready to succumb to his advances, he started to send me from pillar to post about the bursaries. He even told me that I am not that poor since I stay with my uncles who own a fridge and a TV set," Seshibe added.
But the official denied the allegations and said some people wanted to tarnish his image.
Department spokesperson Selby Makgotho said he could not comment on the allegations as there had been no official complaint received against the official.