hawks arrest man leaked maths paper gauteng
Hawks Arrest 31-Year-Old Man for Leaked Maths Paper in Gauteng. Photo: SA News

A 31-year-old man has been arrested by the Hawks in connection to the leaked Mathematics Paper 2 exam.

Themba Daniel Shikwambana was actually caught by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation members on Wednesday last week.

Initial reports suggest that some learners had access to the paper, which was leaked early one morning last month, hours before the candidates were due to sit for the examination.

According to the Hawks’ spokesperson, Colonel Katlego Mogale, Shikwambana works for a Johannesburg-based company contracted by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to print this year’s Grade 12 examination papers.

The accused has since appeared before the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court and is out on bail of R1,000. The matter was remanded to 23 January 2021.

According to Mogale, the investigation into the leakage of other papers is continuing.

The Council of Education Ministers (CEM) held a special meeting today to receive the preliminary report into the leaked paper in question where it was noted that more work’s needed before the investigation is completed.

“The report will be processed internally and Minister [Angie] Motshekga will host a media briefing later this week to make an announcement,” the department said. – SAnews.gov.za