Suspects accused of stealing R5.6 million from UIF COVID-19 relief fund have appeared at the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, on Monday, according to a statement from the Hawks.
The number of people arrested for the payment of R5.7 million from the COVID-19 UIF relief fund into the bank account of a 25-year-old Pretoria warehouse worker, has risen to five.
The National Director of Public Prosecutions Advocate Shamila Batohi, has welcomed the arrest of seven of eight suspects in connection with the looting at the Venda Building Society Mutual Bank (known as VBS) between 2015 and 2018.
The DA in the North West has lodged a complaint with the Public Protector and the Hawks regarding irregular appointments and tender irregularities in the provincial legislature.
The Hawks are investigating allegations of fraud against the mayor of the cash-strapped Modimolle-Mookgophong local municipality in Limpopo.