Makwarela’s fraud case to resume in Pretoria

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The fraud case of former Tshwane mayor, Murunwa Makwarela, is expected to resume in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Makwarela was granted bail of R10 000 bail after pleading not guilty to charges of fraud and perjury.

He was arrested after allegedly submitting a fake insolvency rehabilitation certificate when he was still the speaker and councillor at the City of Tshwane.

The former mayor was taken to court after the City approached the Hawks to probe him for fraud after it was revealed that he had produced a fake insolvency rehabilitation certificate.

Makwarela is alleged to have submitted a fake court document to prove that he was eligible to run for mayor. His stint in the position was short-lived after he was fired before even serving one month.

Lumka Mahanjana of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) previously stated that the charges are very serious given the amount of money he was paid during his brief tenure as mayor, speaker, and former COPE and PR councillor.