Sisters arrested in Limpopo municipality corruption case

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The former supply chain officer of Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality and her 26-year-old accomplice were arrested in Lebowakgomo.
The former supply chain officer of Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality and her 26-year-old accomplice were arrested in Lebowakgomo.
Hawks Limpopo

The Hawks have arrested a former municipal supply chain officer and an alleged accomplice in connection with a corruption case at the Lepelle-Nkumpi Municipality in Limpopo.

The 36-year-old former municipal employee and her 26-year-old sister and alleged accomplice were taken into custody in Lebowakgomo on Monday, said Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke.

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The fraud, which totalled about R150 000, allegedly took place over two years.

"Between 2018 and 2020, the suspects, who are sisters, allegedly bid for tenders at the municipality using the credentials of a company director who was serving a jail term in prison," said Maluleke.

The matter was brought to the attention of the Hawks and an investigation ensued, Maluleke said.

"During the investigation, it was established that the accomplice is a girlfriend of the director of the company whose credentials were used. The municipality suffered a loss of about R150 000," said Maluleke.

The sisters are expected to appear in the Lebowakgomo Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges of corruption, fraud and theft.

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