R255 million asbestos corruption case postponed to 2021 pending more arrests

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The suspects are facing over 60 charges related to fraud, money laundering and corruption related to a R255million asbestos project in the Free State.
The suspects are facing over 60 charges related to fraud, money laundering and corruption related to a R255million asbestos project in the Free State.
Kayleen Morgan, News24

The story: The R255 million asbestos audit corruption case allegedly involving high-profile politicians and government officials has been postponed to 2021 for the possible addition of more accused persons to the charge sheet.

The details: The seven accused who have already been arrested and charged made a brief appearance in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. They included former Mangaung mayor Olly Mlamleli, businessman Edwin Sodi and former human settlements head of department Nthimotse Mokhesi.

The background: The accused have been charged with fraud, corruption, theft and money laundering, among other charges, which relate to a R255 million contract for the assessment and removal of asbestos roofs and/or housing. It is alleged that in 2014 two companies were appointed – one of which was Gauteng-based Blackhead Consulting – as service providers to the Department of Human Settlements in the Free State

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