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News24.com | Arrest made in connection with matric exam leaks

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.

An arrest had been made in connection with the leaking of matric examination papers.

Themba Daniel Shikwambana, 31, was arrested on Wednesday following a Hawks Serious Corruption Unit investigation into the alleged theft of the 2020 Mathematics Paper 2. 

According to Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale, Shikwambana works for a Johannesburg-based company that is contracted to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to print the 2020 matric exam papers.

Shikwambana appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

An investigation into the leaking of other papers is still under way, Mogale said. 

DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga confirmed the arrest to News24.

This is the latest development in the probe since the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) said on Tuesday that the investigation into the leakings has not yet been completed and that "more work still needed to be done"

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

READ | Matric exam leak: Rewrite will be last resort, says department as it starts probe

In a statement, Mhlanga said the report would be processed internally and that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga would host a media briefing later this week to make an announcement. 

Last week, the CEM held an emergency meeting to consider the implications of developments in the probe into the leaking of three matric question papers: Mathematics Paper 2, Physical Science Paper 2 and Life Sciences.

In addition, five Gauteng matriculants were caught cheating during their final examinations, News24 previously reported. 

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