- A senior official at a Free State municipality allegedly used a fake certificate to apply for a municipal manager position.
- Xolani Malindi, CFO at the Nketoana Local Municipality, allegedly submitted the fraudulent certificate as part of his application.
- The matter was referred to the Hawks, and he was arrested.
The chief financial officer (CFO) at a Free State municipality has been arrested for allegedly submitting a fake certificate in his application for a higher post at the same municipality.
However, it was discovered the qualification was fake, and the matter was reported to the Hawks, said Hawks spokesperson Captain Christopher Singo.
According to Singo, the Nketoana Local Municipality advertised the municipal manager position in June 2020.
Xolani Malindi, CFO at the municipality, submitted an application.
However, Singo said, during the shortlisting process it was discovered that the certificate Malindi had attached to his application was allegedly fraudulent.
"He allegedly submitted a fraudulent certificate for a Municipal Finance Management Programme... He had not even gone through that programme.
"The matter was then reported to the Hawks' Serious Corruption Investigation team based in Bloemfontein. Malindi was arrested on Wednesday, 8 December 2021 and made his first appearance in court," Singo said.
Malindi appeared in the Reitz Magistrate's Court on the same day on a charge of fraud.
He was released on R5 000 bail. The matter will be back in court on 12 January 2022 and will be transferred to the Bethlehem Regional Court.
News24 reached out to the municipality. Its head of communications Jabu Msibi said she didn't know whether Malindi was still with the municipality or had been suspended, but that she would find out.
At the time of publication, she had not yet indicated Malindi's status at the municipality.
However, she said that the municipality had an acting CFO.
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