Three suspects believed to be involved in the R5.4 million tender fraud in the Sekhukhune District Municipality in Limpopo have been arrested by the Hawks. The takedown operation was conducted in Groblersdal on Thursday with one more suspect are still on the run.
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in Limpopo says efforts are underway to locate another outstanding suspect.
Hawks’ Limpopo spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Matimba Maluleke says they received a complaint in 2018. This is after the Sekhukhune District Municipality awarded tenders worth over R5 million to different companies to provide security services.
It is further alleged that the former municipal Chief Financial Officer and Senior Administration Officer connived with other companies who never rendered any service to deposit money into their accounts. The money was later shared among themselves. As a result, the companies that rendered the services did not receive their payments.
Maluleke says among the suspects are former and current employees of the Sekhukhune District municipality.
The takedown has resulted in the arrest of the former municipal official, Andries Mokgotho and two service providers, Bongani Masupye and Shivhadana Murovhi.
During the take-down operation, the Senior Administration Officer was not found but she handed herself to the Hawks on Friday. The former CFO is still on the run but he is being traced.
Mokgotho, Masopye and Murovhi who were arrested yesterday already appeared in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court on Friday. They are facing fraud and theft charges and they were remanded in custody until 4 October 2023 for formal bail application.
The Senior Administration Officer will make her first appearance in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 2 October 2023.
HAWKS MAKE BREAKTHROUGH IN SEKHUKHUNE MUNICIPALITY TENDER FRAUD
He says they are also investigating other fraud and corruption cases reported at the same municipality.
“There are other cases of fraud and corruption that we are still investigating. So as we are busy with the investigation, we believe that soon we will receive the warrant of arrest against the suspects and we are going to plan another takedown operation,” he said.