Suspect arrested for link to R53 million City of Tshwane fraud case

Suspect arrested for link to R53 million City of Tshwane fraud case

- The National Clean Audit Task Team has uncovered enough evidence to arrest a third suspect in connection with fraud, corruption and money laundering

- This forms part of the investigation into R53 million stolen from the City of Tshwane Municipality

- The 45-year-old suspect was apprehended in Ntunzuma on Monday after he was linked to the crime

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The hard work being carried out by the National Clean Audit Task Team of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation has led to another arrest.

A 45-year-old suspect was arrested in Ntunzuma on Monday after evidence linked him to R53 million stolen from the City of Tshwane Municipality.

This is the third arrest made in relation to the corruption, fraud and money laundering investigation.

The first accused, Ivo Wegrostek, was arrested late last year and is currently out on bail to the tune of R100 000.

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The second accused, Nkosinathi Sithole, was arrested last week in Durban and appeared briefly at the Empangeni Magistrate's Court. Sithole was remanded in custody pending his appearance next week.

The latest suspect is set to appear at the Ntunzuma Magistrate Court on Tuesday, with the case set to be remanded to 11 May in Pretoria.

The suspects are all accused of stealing R53 million from the municipality's bank account in August, with the funds diverted from the National Fund for Municipality Workers.

The investigation into the matter revealed that the funds were funnelled from SAGOLD to businesses and personal bank accounts.

Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya applauded the commitment shown by the team during investigations.

"As I indicated before, all those who participated in the looting shall be held accountable. The good work must continue." reported that South Africa ranked ninth in a list of the African nations perceived to be the most corrupt in a recent poll.

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