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MQABusiness Report writes that auditing firm SekelaXabiso has recommended that the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) board review all contracts in a bid to determine compliance with its procedures and its exposure to possible litigation, irregular expenditure or conduct.  

Advocate Boyce Mkhize advised that the MQA board should consider an independent forensic audit to investigate the source of bogus e-mails that had cast aspersions on the authority.  He said this would help in dealing with reputational damage already caused to it.  The recommendations come in the wake of claims of procurement irregularities, sexual harassment, improper recruitment, flouting of governance, bribery and fraud against the authority, which is responsible for the administration of skills development programmes in the mining and minerals sector.  The MQA approached SekelaXabiso last November to investigate.  Mkhize found various of the allegation to be without basis.  He also cleared acting chief executive Tebogo Mmotla of sexual harassment, saying there was no evidence to support the allegation.  He furthermore dismissed claims of alleged collusive relationship between Mmotla and acting chairperson Mthokozisi Zondi.

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