The Eastern Cape Department of Education has suspended two middle managers with immediate effect following an internal investigation which allegedly revealed that there were payments made to service providers prior to the services being rendered to the department.
The department spokesperson Mali Mtima said in a press statement that the matter would be investigated and steps would be taken to recover funds.
“Additionally, the department will also blacklist the alleged service providers from doing business with government.”
Mtima said the department appreciated the role played by service providers in the delivery of critical services and that it was determined to deal with unscrupulous service providers.
Head of Department (HoD), Themba Kojana cautioned employees to act morally when conducting government business.
“This is a direct violation of the Public Finance Mangement Act, and we will never tolerate such! We promise the tax-payers that we will root out corruption within the department and any illegal collusion between officials and service providers. This will be done to ensure that public finances are utilised efficiently and appropriately within the bounds of the law,” said Kojana.