New sports head fell foul of previous department
A dark cloud hangs over the controversial appointment of Limpopo's head of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.
Deliwe Nyathikazi is alleged to have several fraud and corruption cases pending against her from her former department.
Nyathikazi worked for the province's Department of Health and Social Development. There she was a director responsible for mother, child, youth and adolescent programmes.
She vacated the position in November.
It is alleged that Nyathikazi, in her previous employ, left many questions unanswered.
When she left, it is alleged, her directorate was under investigation in connection with the alleged irregular procurement of goods and services.
An audit report in the possession of Sowetan states irregularities included instances where services were rendered before the issuing of official purchase orders, delegation limits being exceeded and cases of quotations obtained from suppliers without first checking the database of the department.
The report also reveals that in some instances there were deviations from the authority granted for the purchasing of dietary food supplements, and that some orders were split in order to be within the R50000 delegation limit, which is contrary to the procurement policy.
There was also no record of minutes for all adjudication meetings held by the directorate.
Services or purchases were done from companies belonging to the same supplier or person. This is because, in most instances, it was discovered that there were similarities in telephone, fax and bank details on different quotations.
Nyathikazi, the report says, also sat on the committee that awarded tenders.
Her directorate was also found not to be rotating suppliers from the database in obtaining quotations.
Some of the companies' directors were found to be close associates of Nyathikazi.
Phuti Seloba, spokesman for the provincial Department of Health and Social Development, confirmed that there was an investigation into the tender awarding processes involving Nyathikazi's directorate.
He said the matter was being handled internally and the findings thereof would not be made public.