Oupa Mopaki, the CEO of the Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA), has been fired.
City Press newspaper reported that Mopaki was fired for allegedly helping his nephew to score lucrative contracts and having his alleged girlfriend appointed and promoted without following processes.
MICT SETA is a skills development institution established in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998, with a mission to generate, facilitate and accelerate the processes of quality skills development at all levels in the MICT sector in South Africa.
Mopaki was colluding with his nephew, Tebogo Mashigwane.
In documents seen by City Press, Mashigwane was the director of Network Infraco and his name also appeared in contracts between the Seta and two other companies – Lylacorp and Bandwidth Technologies.
According to the report:
- Bandwidth Technologies received R15 900 000 in 2014/15, and R6 405 000 in 2016/17;
- Lylacorp received R21 200 000 in 2014/15; R16 990 000 in 2016/17; and R2 800.000 in 2017/18; and
- Network Infraco received R32 860 000 in 2014/15; and R29 200 000 in 2016/17.
- With regard to Northern Lights Trading 371 (Pty) Ltd, the report said Mashigwane was one of the two directors of the entity, which received funding totalling R11 240 000.
“Mopaki signed on behalf of the Seta all of the service level agreements entered with these entities,” the report said.
Sources also alleged that Mopaki was involved in an intimate relationship with Naledi Sibandze, the former corporate services senior manager at the Seta, and questioned her appointment as a temporary supply chain officer when she started working at the Seta in 2009.
According to the Gobodo report dated March 19 and seen by City Press, investigators found that Sibandze’s appointment at the Seta in 2009 was flawed and that from the beginning Mopaki increased her salary from R250 000 a year to R350 000 a year before her position was made permanent.
Investigators found that with the help of Mopaki, she moved up the ranks as her salary also increased over the years to more than R1 million a year.
Sibandze has since left the Seta after cutting a deal.