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IPTS fraud case against Cheeky Watson and co postponed to October

Jul 10, 2017
IPTS fraud case against Cheeky Watson and co postponed to October

The fraud case against former Eastern Cape Rugby boss, Cheeky Watson, and three other co -accused, Nadia Gerwel, Mandisi Mkaza and Joeleen Andrea, was again postponed to the 13th of October when the accused briefly appeared before the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court on Monday.

Gerwel is a former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality senior finance official.

The trio was arrested in March by the Hawks over alleged theft, fraud, corruption, money laundering and forgery relating to some R12 million that was meant for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's stagnant Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS).

Over R2 billion meant for the roll out of the Metro's IPTS is believed to have been wasted or squandered.

Watson and his co-accused face 43 counts and remain out on R2 000 bail each. 

Reacting to the news of the arrests in March, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, Tweeted; "Justice must be served for the squandering of R2.5 billion on the metro's failed IPTS. Those found guilty must be jailed."

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