Two officials suspended for 'fraud'

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

The Mpumalanga department of education has suspended two officials for fraud.

Chief financial officer Michael Mogorosi and chief director Jerry Shoba have been suspended for paying more than R1 million to service providers for learner and teacher support material without authorisation.

Departmental spokesman Jasper Zwane has confirmed the suspension of the two.

"Yes, I confirm that two officials have been suspended," Zwane said.

"I am at present not in a position to provide you with details about the matter since there are ongoing internal administrative processes."

Sowetan has learnt that the two were suspended on allegations of fraud and irregularly adjusting and making higher payments for the learner and teacher support material.

The DA has called on MEC Mmathulare Coleman to suspend the services of the implicated service providers.

"We also urge the MEC to take the necessary steps to recover the excess paid to these service providers" said DA leader Anthony Bernadie.