Public works officer in dock for alleged corruption

2017-06-27 15:05
Magistrate's court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Magistrate's court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Bloemfontein - An administrative officer who allegedly solicited an R80 000 bribe has been released on R10 000 bail after appearing in the dock of the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on a charge of corruption.

Lefa Melesi, 31, who works at the Department of Public Works Supply Chain Management in Bloemfontein, stands accused of asking for a kickback from a service provider for a tender to fix a the roof of the Goedemoed Correctional Centre last month.

Hawks spokesperson Captain S’fiso Nyakane in a statement said Melesi had allegedly claimed that he played a vital role in the appointment of the service provider being awarded the tender, and that the service provider should reimburse him with R80 000.

“The matter was reported to the Hawks who subsequently set a trap which led to his arrest upon receiving the bribe at Showgate Shopping Complex in Bloemfontein.

The R80 000 cash, two cellphones as well as a VW Polo GTI were subsequently seized,” he said.

Melesi was arrested on Saturday and appeared in court on Monday.

The case was postponed to July 14 for further investigation.

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