Advocate in court on fraud charge

2017-07-12 06:01

The corruption case against a Bloemfontein advocate, Jeremiah Pela (35), and his accomplice, Takalani Mongalo (38), is set to continue in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on 3 August.

Capt. S’fiso Nyakane, spokesperson of the Hawks, said the case was scheduled for the new date after the pair reappeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on 29 June.

The two suspects are facing fraud charges following their arrest in connection with a botched security tender bribery at the Motheo Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Bloemfontein.

They were arrested for fraud by members of the Anti-Corruption Unit and Crime Intelligence early in May.

Nyakane said the police received information that Pela and Mongalo had allegedly demanded R1,2 million from a chief executive officer (CEO) of the security company. He said the amount in question was a protection fee to ensure that the security company’s contract was not cancelled at the institution.

Pela served as the deputy chairperson at the Motheo TVET College and Mongalo as an employee at the Free State Department of Roads and Transport.

Upon receiving the information, entrapment was conducted after the suspects reportedly finalised arrangements with the CEO to meet at a lodge in Bloemfontein.

Members of the team pounced on them after cash had been exchanged.

Pela and Mongalo have been released after being granted bail of R10 000 each in May.

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