Ngoanametwa Gibson Thobakgale (40) was convicted for swindling unsuspecting tender bidder in Polokwane.

Thobakgale was a local taxi driver in 2018, instead of earning his salary from transporting the commuters. He grew greedy and swindled an unsuspecting victim.

The victim had applied for a tender that was advertised by the Department of Education to provide security services at the schools around Limpopo province. He received a call from someone who claimed to be an official from Department of Education. They demanding R200 000-00 gratification in order to award a tender.

Accused convicted for swindling department of education tender bidder
Convicted for swindling department of education tender bidder


After verifying with the department that there was no such person working with them the victim immediately notified the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation members, subsequently an undercover operation was conducted.

Thobakgale was arrested in Polokwane at Sasol garage near N1 North. This is immediately after receiving R10 000-00 of the R200 000-00 he had demanded.


The accused was out on bail until he was convicted for fraud by the Polokwane Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on 23 August 2022. Thobakgale is expected back in court on 31 October 2022.

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