Mayor arrested over Madiba memorial fraud

2014-06-23 13:56

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Buffalo City municipality mayor Zukiswa Ncitha and five other officials have appeared in the East London Magistrate’s Court for alleged fraud involving Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

“They were given R10 000 bail each,” Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said today.

The matter was postponed to September 1.

Ncitha, her deputy Temba Tinta, speaker Luleka Simon-Ndzele and three other municipal officials were arrested this morning.

They face charges of fraud, corruption, and money laundering.

“It had to do with the transport of mourners to [Mandela’s] memorial,” Ramaloko said earlier in the day.

He could not give any other information.

The Daily Dispatch newspaper reported how politically connected “tenderpreneurs” cashed in on the former president’s memorial service in December, and how the Eastern Cape ANC had T-shirts made with public money.

The African National Congress in the province called on its members to allow the court process to reach a conclusion.

“All ANC members who might have information on this matter are urged to co-operate fully with the law enforcement agencies investigating this matter and our justice system to get to the bottom of this matter,” spokesman Mlibo Qoboshiyane said in a statement.

“We must maintain presumption of innocence until proven otherwise by the court of law. It also applies to these members.”

» This article was updated after first published.

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