Hawks investigate new NMB mayor, Mongameli Bobani, over R644k payments

Hawks investigate new NMB mayor, Mongameli Bobani, over R644k payments

- Nelson Mandela Bay's mayor Mongameli Bobani stands accused of corruption

- The Hawks is investigating Bobani and 7 payments that total R644 000 from Fareed Fakir

- Fakir is accused of stealing money from the city's bus system

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The Hawks are looking into Nelson Mandela Bay's mayor after it was discovered he received payments that total R664 000.

Over almost a year, Mongameli Bobani received 7 payments from a company that is believed to have stolen the money from the Nelson Mandela Bay bus system.

The Hawks were looking into Nelson Mandela Bay business men, politicians and officials and their links to money laundering, fraud and corruption.

Bobani's office at the Nelson Mandela Bay city hall was raided in October after the Hawks grew suspicious over the payments. Several computer and documents were confiscated.

The mayor is accused of a corrupt relationship with businessman Fareed Fakir, according to a report by TimesLIVE.

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Briefly gathered that Fakir's businesses benefited from contracts worth millions, which were awarded unlawfully by the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.

Bobani's lawyer, Danie Gouws, says his client is co-operating and is not a suspect. Gouws is also acting as Fakir's lawyer.

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Gouws did not want to comment on Fakir's role in the alleged corruption.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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