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12 Mnquma Municipality officials appear in court over R37 million tender fraud

Mar 28, 2018
12 Mnquma Municipality officials appear in court over R37 million tender fraud

Twelve municipal officials from Mnquma Local Municipality appeared before the Butterworth Magistrate's Court on Tuesday facing charges of fraud, corruption and contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA).

They had been arrested in the morning by a multidisciplinary task team comprising the Hawks, Crime Intelligence and detectives.

According to police information, the group - Luleka Nonyongo (39), Sakhumzi Madubela (38), Lusindiso Patric Boya (42), Amanda Ntamo (35), Grace Tasana (66), Ivy Sikhulu (46), formed the municipal Bid Evaluation Committee, whilst Kulile Clock (43), Lubabalo Manjingolo (30), Viwe Phindile Madolo (44), Primrose Vuyokazi Gonya (43), Dinyiswa Olga Mrwetyana (34), Zonwabele Plata (63) were part of the Bid Adjudication Committee at the municipality.

"Their arrest comes in the wake of ongoing investigations regarding alleged fraud and corruption in the Eastern Cape Municipalities after they allegedly flouted tender procedures during the course of 2014 to 2016 when four tenders valued at R37 million were unduly awarded to entities they had ties to, in return for apparent gratification,"said HAWKS Spokesperson, Captain Anelisa Feni . 

"The court released the suspects on a warning and they are expected back at the same court on 25 May."