Alleged state fraudsters granted bail

2013-05-15 16:56
Johannesburg - Three former state officials and a businesswoman accused of corruption and fraud were granted bail of R5 000 each by the Kimberley Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, said Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko.

In the first case, the Northern Cape's former transport department head Steven Jonkers appeared for allegedly ignoring tender procedures.

Jonkers, 47, appeared with Clarissa Ann Carstens, 45, of Mfana Bus Services, on charges of contravening the Public Finance Management Act, said Northern Cape National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mashudu Malabi.

Ramaloko said Jonkers was accused of receiving R260 000 in kick-backs from Carstens in return for awarding Mfana a R24m tender in 2011 to provide buses to transport people between Kimberley and Springbok for five years.

The two were granted bail of R50 00 each and the matter was postponed to 25 June.

In a second case, Sol Plaatjie Municipality's former manager Frank Masilo and former CFO Neo Mpolokeng were accused of awarding a R40 million tender to a company they knew was incompetent.

The tender to install and maintain prepaid electricity meters in houses in the municipality was awarded to Independent Meter Systems (IMS), said Ramaloko.

"After installing the meters, they never worked; as a result, the municipality had to appoint another service provider to finish the work IMS couldn't do," he said.

The case against Masilo and Mpolokeng was postponed until 20 August.

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