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Arrest made for leaked matric exam paper

Arrest made for leaked matric exam paper

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga confirmed on Tuesday that an arrest has been made following the leak of matrix exam papers.

The Hawks have made a breakthrough in arresting a 31-year-old suspect linked to the leaking of the Maths Paper 2 exam.

The maths and physical science exams have been compromised by leaks ahead of the exam sittings.

This led to an emergency Council of Education Ministers meeting last week and an urgent Hawks probe being ordered by the Department of Basic Education (DBE).

Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said the suspect, Themba Daniel Shikwambana, 31, was arrested last Wednesday and made his first court appearance at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

He was remanded in custody until Monday, where he made a second appearance in court.

According to the Hawks, the suspect works for a Johannesburg-based company that is contracted by the education department to print matric exam papers.

“An investigation into the leakage of other papers is still continuing,” said Mogale.

DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the suspect had been granted bail on Monday and would return to court on January 27.

The investigation into the matrix examination leaks has not yet been completed.  More work still needs to be done.

The CEM received a preliminary report on the leaks on Monday and agreed that the “credibility, integrity and fairness of the examination cannot be compromised” hence the need for further deliberations.

Basic Education spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga said the report will be processed internally and Minister Motshekga will host a media briefing later this week to report back.





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