Judgment date set for Wendy Nelson and co-accused

2021-Sep-30   10:06

Judgment date set for Wendy Nelson and co-accused Source: Thabang Morutloa/Newsnote

- Thabang Morutloa

Former North West Finance MEC, Wendy Nelson, and former head of that province's Department of Health, Dr Thabo Lekalakala, will know their fate by the second week of November.

Judgment in the fraud case against the two has been set for 9 and 10 November by the North West High Court in Mahikeng.

Lekalakala, who is a medical doctor, is said to have lied about his academic qualifications and did not qualify for the Head of Department position.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the defence team for the two accused on Wednesday presented their closing arguments in court.

Lekalala allegedly benefited unlawfully to the tune of  R8-million in salaries and perks he received for his position as North West Health HOD.

The state argued that at the time of the job interview, Nelson was allegedly aware of Lekalakala’s misrepresentation on the job application form (Z83), but went on to recommend him for this senior position.

NPA North West spokesperson, Hendry Mamothame, said the prosecutors are confident that the Judge will rule in their favor.

“Today we have heard head of arguments from both the state and the state representatives and that has been completed. We are confident about what we have presented in court. But as we know that entirely rests with the Judge as to who managed to persuade on their case. So as we await the judgment I would say we are confident with the evidence presented in court,” Mamothame said.

Nelson was arrested in Mahikeng on 23 August 2019 by the Serious Commercial Crimes Unit of the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks), over allegations of the irregular appointment of Lekalakala. Three days later, on 26 August, Lekalakala handed himself to the Hawks and was charged with corruption in connection with his appointment.

The two are out on R20 000 bail each.

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