Six officials at a Free State municipality and two company administrators seemed in the Ficksburg magistrate’s court docket on Friday on fraud bills connected to a R25m lavatory infrastructure tender.
Senzo Kunene, Asanda Nontsimi, Flory Monamola, Gubevu Albert Maduna, Johny Edward Lynch, Nkosinathi Victor Ngezi, Lawrence Tshikovha and Lesite Patrick Tsoaela seemed in court docket good-looking hours after their arrest by the Hawks’ excessive commercial crime unit in Bethlehem.
Hawks spokesperson Capt Christopher Singo said the arrests stemmed from an incident that took sing between October and November 2018.
“The six officials had been contributors of the recount review committee [BEC] and did no longer have faith in mind documents properly that had been submitted at Setsoto local municipality for a lavatory infrastructure [tender].
“The corporate TML Civils, thru its administrators, submitted counterfeit documents for the tender. The BEC committee [then] suggested that the same company be awarded the tender worth R25m, even when their papers had been counterfeit,” said Singo.
An unsigned award letter used to be then e-mailed to TML Civils, nonetheless a preliminary probe by the municipal supervisor later revealed that TML had in actuality submitted counterfeit documents.
The topic used to be reported to the police, who then handed the case over to the Hawks for additional investigation.
The eight, who also face forgery and uttering bills, had been launched on R2,000 bail every. The case used to be postponed to June 11.