The Hawks have arrested a senior official from the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality in the Eastern Cape.
He is facing a charge of corruption amounting to R18 million.
The charges relate to a road construction project dating back to the 2011/2012 financial year.
Hawks spokesperson Yolisa Mgolodela says the suspect worked for another municipality in the province at that time.
The Hawks allege the official disregarded standard procurement policies facilitating the inflation of the cost allocated to the project.
Mgolodela says they have been investigating this official for the past five years and that more arrests are to follow.
The official will appear in the commercial crimes court in Mthatha later on Friday.
The Hawks said the official failed to declare her business interests and used her sister’s company to carry out the alleged fraud and money laundering.
“The suspects that were outstanding, they’ve handed themselves in, the husband to the Director has arrived together with the brother to the Director has also arrived. As we are speaking the charging process is being finalised. Very soon they will appear in the Zwelitsha Magistrate’s Court. Yes the investigations have been thoroughly done, the evidence that is brought to court is convincing so we are very positive about the case,” says Mgolodela.
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