Former North West Finance MEC Wendy Nelson is expected to appear in the North West High Court in Mahikeng later on Monday on charges of fraud and corruption.

Nelson was arrested in April last year and was granted bail of R20 000.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the North West says they intend to ask for a postponement in order to give new prosecutors an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the content of the case docket.

Nelson allegedly irregularly appointed the former HoD of the provincial department of Health, Dr. Thabo Lekalakala, to the position in 2014.

Dr Lekalakala, who is a medical doctor, allegedly lied about his qualifications as he did not qualify for the position.

Lekalakala was also arrested for fraud, corruption, and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act.

The provincial government suspended Lekalakala in November 2018 after he allegedly paid Mediosa, a medical company that is linked to the Gupta family R30 million before it provided any services.

Lekalakala was later fired by Premier Job Mokgoro following a disciplinary hearing.

In August 2018, Lekalakala made a brief appearance in the Mmabatho Regional Court after he had handed himself over to the Hawk

A week prior to that, Nelson was arrested for fraud regarding what the Hawks said was the irregular appointment of Lekalakala as HOD in 2014, as reported in the video below:

-Report by Sylvester Serame

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