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Sacking of Gauteng finance head widely welcomed

Stewart Lumka has been dismissed for gross financial misconduct following a year-long probe.

FILE: Stewart Lumka has been dismissed for gross financial misconduct following a year-long probe. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While the Gauteng provincial government starts looking for a new finance head, the dismissal of Stewart Lumka has been widely welcomed.

Lumka has been dismissed for financial misconduct after being suspended for a year while an investigation was carried out.

He was found guilty for authorising payments of up to R48.8 million to a company that government had no contract with.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)'s Bonginkosi Dlamini said most of the problems experienced in the province are due to corrupt individuals.

"It has nothing to do with inadequacy of policy and budget; it has everything to do with corrupt elements within our public system. They day we'll see development is when we deal with corrupt elements within our system, that we find people who are dedicated and who will work with clean hands."

Lumka's financial misconduct relates to his authorisation of payments to Shimo IT Solutions while government had no contract with the company and therefore no financial obligations.

He was placed on special leave following the investigation.

Lumka also faces criminal charges.

The province has also requested the state attorney to advise regarding whether to institute a criminal or a civil case against Lumka, to recover monies misappropriated.

The province is awaiting the outcome of the opinion from the state attorney.

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