The Former Eastern Cape Health member of the Executive Council, Sindiswa Gomba and her co-accused made their first appearance in the East London High Court yesterday.
Hawks Spokesperson, Captain Yolisa Mgolodela, confirmed that this is subsequent to several postponements in the East London Regional Court after their apprehension by the East London-based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Team of the Hawks on February 12, 2021. They were apprehended on charges of fraud, money laundering, contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act and corruption.
“The accused would be answering to the charges related to the procurement of service providers for the transportation and booking of venue during the memorial service and funeral preparations of the late Dr Nelson Mandela by the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality ,” said Mgolodela.
She added that this happened in 2013 and 2014. The fraudulent claims add up to R10 Million.
Mgolodela confirmed that yesterday was their first high court appearance. The matter was postponed to January 19, 2022 for plea proceedings.