Two Limpopo officials arrested for R63 million fraud and corruption

Two Limpopo officials arrested for R63 million fraud and corruption

- Two former senior officials from the Limpopo Department of Transport have been nabbed for fraud

- The pair were arrested for their involvement in R63 million worth of fraud and corruption

- This comes after procurement procedures were omitted in the appointment of tenders by the department

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Margaret Mthombeni, former Senior Project Manager, and Richard Ngobeni, former Public Works Coordinator, have been arrested on charges of fraud and corruption.

In a statement, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that the investigation into the matter had begun in 2010 and revealed that the company contracted to fix roads in the region had failed to meet all the requirements:

"Investigations revealed that some of the roads were already fixed while others were actually gravel roads. Most of the service providers at the time submitted invoices for payment for either work not done or/ and for less work done in terms of specifications. All service providers were subsequently paid and the department suffered a loss of R63 million."

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The two officials appeared before the Giyani Magistrate's Court yesterday, with Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya welcoming the progress in the case.

“Investigations of this nature can be time-consuming and need teamwork to minimise time. It has taken eight years to complete this investigation. I am comforted by the fact that the investigation is complete. We will secure the attendance of all those who played a role in this scam in court to answer for looting public funds."

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Both suspects were granted bail of R4 000 each and are expected to appear in court again in September. More arrests in this matter are expected to take place.

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