Johannesburg - The Gauteng department of health has instructed its lawyers to recover almost R500 million from its former head of department, Dr Tiego "Barney" Selebano, and two other officials, for their alleged involvement in the illegal procurement of an IT tender in 2013.
Gauteng health’s acting head of department, Richard Lebethe, asked the departmental head of legal services, Hlengiwe Goba, to approach the state attorney to file a criminal and civil lawsuit against Selebano, former chief information officer Mojalefa Lekoto and former chief financial officer George Mahlangu.
Legal action against the three followed a forensic report which found that the ICT contract entered into between the department and Telkom was unlawful and illegal.
Telkom was requested to supply information and communication technology infrastructure relating to the storage, computing, networking and backup services.
A forensic investigation initiated by the provincial treasury indicated that the health department, through Lekoto, Selebano and Mahlangu, failed to follow proper and lawful procurement procedures. According to the report, Selebano was responsible for authorising and signing off various documents. Mahlangu was similarly also found to have signed off key documents with Selebano.