Ex-councillor, mayco and co-op members nabbed for R1.6m fraud

2017-02-16 12:29
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Mpumalanga – A mayoral committee member of the eMalahleni Local Municipality, a former ward councillor, and a member of a co-operative are expected to make an appearance in the Witbank Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges of fraud and money laundering totalling R1.6m.

The trio were arrested on Wednesday afternoon by the Hawks, spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said, while the apprehension of a fourth suspect was thought to be imminent.

The three – aged 39, 44 and 49 – are alleged to have embezzled the money from the co-operative in 2013.

"They allegedly kept money for themselves which they received from farmers who were hiring the farms from the co-operative," Mulaudzi said.

National Hawks head Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza said the unit had its "claws out" for those involved in corruption in all sectors.

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