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2023/08/22      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer N Mhlakuvana   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

EASTERN CAPE - The East London based Serious Corruption Investigation of the Hawks arrested six Emergency Medical Services officials aged between 42 and 54 for allegations of fraud, forgery and uttering on 21 August 2023.

On 10 December 2014, the Eastern Cape Department of Health advertised 730 positions for Emergency Medical Care Services officers in all eight districts of the Eastern Cape Province. The requirements for the positions were inter alia Grade 12 or equivalent certificate. The six officials applied, were shortlisted, interviewed and employed. They started on their positions on 8 April 2015.

On 24 March 2022, the officials were requested to submit their original certificates and the officials allegedly failed to submit the original certificates. The department embarked on verification of qualification where their Grade 12 certificates where declared fraudulent and the matter was referred to the Hawks for investigation.

The investigation further revealed that the Department of Health was prejudiced cash to more than R7,9 million. The six will make their first court appearance in the Zwelitsha Magistrates’ Court on 22 August 2023.