Fraud, money laundering case of DA ward councillor postponed

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Nora Grose.
Nora Grose.
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  • Last month, the Atlantis Magistrate's Court granted Councillor Nora Grose R10 000 bail after she was accused of allegedly misappropriating City of Cape Town funds.
  • Grose appeared in court again on Friday. 
  • The case has been postponed.

The case of DA ward councillor Nora Grose, who is facing charges of fraud and money laundering, has been postponed to next month for further investigation.

Last month, the Atlantis Magistrate's Court released Grose on R10 000 bail after she was accused of allegedly misappropriating City of Cape Town funds.

In May, the Hawks announced that she had been charged alongside Atlantis pastor Reuben Swartz.

Swartz is also the chairperson of non-governmental organisation the South African Religious Civic Organisation (Sarco).

He is accused of fraudulently claiming R297 800 from the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) and using it for personal gain.

READ | Hawks apologise for 'confusion' caused by error in statement on arrest of DA councillor

The Hawks initially said Grose was linked to the misappropriation of TERS funds but later corrected their statement, saying she was not involved in that alleged crime. 

Instead, she is accused of money laundering related to food parcels and of allegedly diverting money to a church.

Investigations revealed that Swartz separately received up to R170 000 from the City's humanitarian fund. The money was meant for food parcels in Atlantis but was allegedly channelled to the church, which has ties to Grose.

News24 previously reported the church implicated in the case had paid back some of the money to the City. 

A document seen by News24 shows that the Life Changers Church in Table View paid back R54 328.06 of the R171 778 in Covid-19 food relief funds it allegedly irregularly and indirectly received from the City.

Parliamentarian Emma Powell, DA constituency head in Durbanville-Blaauwberg, said: "The magistrate said they would consider a withdrawal on that date (at the defence's request) if the Hawks have not concluded their investigation, given that Nora was arrested on an expeditious basis and the NPA informed the court at her bail hearing that the investigation was already 'at an advanced stage'."

She said Grose would continue to cooperate with the authorities as the investigation continues.

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