Hawks clamp down Maluti-A-Phofung municipal manager over R58m tender scandal

The Free State Hawks have clamped down on yet another suspect involved in the alleged multi-million rand tender scandal, that led to Maluti-A-Phofung local municipality losing over R58-million in 2020.

Hawks spokesperson in the province captain Christopher Singo reliably informed Kasi Voice News that, the investigative unit in Bethlehem, worked day and night to bring to book the alleged suspects that defrauded the municipality.

Singo confirmed that additional to the two accused nabbed over the weekend who are now released on a conditional bail, the Hawks nabbed municipal manager for his involvement in the irregular tender awarding.

“A 49-year-old suspect is expected to appear before the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrates Court this afternoon, where he will be facing allegations of fraud, corruption, uttering, forgery and contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act,” says Singo.

It is alleged that in 2020, the alleged suspect authorised a service provider for security services without a tender being advertised.

It is further reported that the chief financial officer (CFO) wrote several letters to the municipal manager advising him to advertise the tender for the security but he failed to do so.

“An estimated amount of R58-million was paid to to Kill Crime Security company irregularly for a period of two years,” says Singo.

“The matter was then reported to the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation team based in Bethlehem for further investigation which culminated to the duo handing themselves over to the Hawks’ Investigating officers yesterday, afternoon and being charged,” he adds.

Meanwhile, his co-accused who are directors of the security company, Thabiso, 55, and Dimakatso Chistine Sekosana ,29, were yesterday released on a R150 000 bail each. Their case was postponed to next month, September 30.   

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