Former Mafube Municipal Manager accused for fraud released on conditional bail

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On Friday, 10 September 2021, the accused, Nkabi Andrew Hlubi (43) appeared before the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court where he faced charges of fraud, uttering and corruption.

In 2015, Hlubi was the acting Municipal Manager of Mafube Local Municipality. It is alleged that he awarded tenders to a company, Pit Dog Trading unlawfully. It is further alleged that the director of the company forged and submitted fraudulent documents to the Constitution Industry Development Board (CIDB) in order to be awarded a higher CIDB grading.

Furthermore, after every payment made from the mucipality to Pit Dog Trading, the director of the company would deposit a portion of the money to Hlubi’s bank account. The money ranged from R1 million.

All the awarded tenders are estimated at R21 million.

The matter was then reported to the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation based in Bloemfontein for further investigation, which led to Hlubi handing himself over to the investigators this morning (Friday, 20 September 2021) where he was charged and made his first appearance in court.

The case against Hlubi has been remanded to Wednesday, 15 September 2021 for the director of Pit Dog Trading to be added on the charge sheet. Hlubi was released on R10 000 bail.

On Wednesday, 15 September 2021, Tumahole Jeffrey Mokoena (42) who is the director of Pit Dog Trading appeared before the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court facing charges of fraud and forgery. His appearance followed that of his co-accused, Nkabi Andrew Hlubi. Mokoena was released on a R7 000 bail. The case was remanded to Wednesday, 06 October 2021, where he will appear beside Nkabi Hlubi, his co-accused.

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