SA chief of US Centres for Disease Control appears for 'complex' fraud case

2018-12-14 15:55
Cape Town Magistrate’s Court. (James de Villiers, News24)

Cape Town Magistrate’s Court. (James de Villiers, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The South African branch chief of the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is not the only accused in a hefty fraud and corruption case involving more than R25m, it emerged this week.

Alfred Bere, 36, dressed in a smart suit, made his second appearance in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday after being arrested in August.

He was tasked with the role of overseeing donated funds and allegedly misused the funds for personal gain.

The court heard that another accused would stand alongside Bere at his next appearance on January 24.

Prosecutor advocate Lucinda Mcani, SC, said it was a "complex matter" spanning several companies.

The investigation had so far identified over 100 bank accounts linked to the charges.

R100 000 bail

In September, Hawks spokesperson Captain Philani Nkwalase said funds were donated from the US and were meant to be redistributed to deserving non-profit organisations to fight the spread of diseases by providing healthcare services.

He said it was alleged that the funds were injected to one deserving NPO, which was later coerced to take up another separate NPO as a subsidiary.

"The funds from the subsidiary [were] allegedly used for personal gain and further transferred to [the accused's] personal account.

Bere is out on R100 000 bail.

Read: Fraud-accused Centre for Disease Control boss released on R100K bail

Mcani told Magistrate Greg Jacobs that she wanted him to note Bere had not informed the investigating officer that he was no longer living at the address he provided in Lynnwood, Pretoria.

"The investigating officer only found out from the attorney when contacting him for something else."

Bere was warned to abide by his bail conditions.

Read more on:    pretoria  |  crime  |  corruption
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 

Enter the examination number or search by province or school (NSC Students) to view results.

/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.