A Senior Administration Officer at Sekhukhune District Municipality and three accomplices have been arrested by the Polokwane based Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation members for alleged fraud.
The group are accused of corruption amounting to over R5 million.
It is further alleged that the former municipal Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Senior Administration Officer connived with other companies who never rendered any service to deposit money into their accounts that was later shared among themselves. As a result, the companies that rendered the services did not receive their payments.
The matter was reported to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation members for further probe.
On 28 September 2023, a take-down operation was conducted in Groblersdal and it 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 morning. The former CFO is still on the run but he is being traced.
#sapsHAWKS A Senior Administration Officer (45) at Sekhukhune District Municipality & 3 accomplices have been arrested by Polokwane based Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation members for alleged fraud after tenders worth over R5 million were awarded to provide security… pic.twitter.com/tBZCuIuFuu
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The Provincial Head of the Hawks in Limpopo Province, Major General Gopz Govender has welcomed the arrests and vowed to hunt down the outstanding suspects.
“We are on a mission to clean both government and private sectors by rooting out corruption. This is just the beginning, more takedown operations are still going to be conducted.”
The case against the three men, Mokgotho, Masupye and Murovhi has been postponed to October 4.
They are facing six counts of fraud and money laundering.