Suspect linked to printing company

Man appears in court over matric exam leak

Students sit in during the first day of the National Senior Certificate Examination at Bellville High School on November 05, 2020 in Bellville, South Africa.
Students sit in during the first day of the National Senior Certificate Examination at Bellville High School on November 05, 2020 in Bellville, South Africa.
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A 31-year-old man appeared before the Johannesburg magistrate court after he was arrested for the alleged theft of a 2020 matric mathematics exam paper 2.

The department of basic education was made aware of the paper leak when a university student sent an email with a full maths question paper to the department’s spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga.

Hawks spokesperson Col Katlego Mogale said Themba Daniel Shikwambana, who works for a Johannesburg-based company that is contracted by the department to print the current year’s matric exam papers was arrested on Wednesday last week.

“He appeared before the Johannesburg magistrate court on Thursday and the matter was remanded for January 27. He was granted bail for R1,000. An investigation into the leakage of other papers is still continuing,” Mogale said.

Meanwhile, the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) has also received a preliminary report into matric examination question paper leaks.

Mhlanga said the council held a special meeting on Tuesday morning to receive these reports.

“The CEM deliberated on the report and noted that the investigation had not yet been completed and that more work still needed to be done. They acknowledged the complex nature of the investigation. The report will be processed internally and minister Angie Motshekga will host a media briefing later this week to make an announcement,” Mhlanga said.

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