- The wife of a senior military general in the SA National Defence force has been released on bail after being arrested on charges of fraud
- Nombasa Ntondwa-Ndlovu was released on R80 000 bail after her arrest relating to R100 million in fraud charges
- The bail was approved on condition that she makes no contact with witnesses and hands over her passport to the investigating officer
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The wife of a senior military general in the SA National Defence Force has managed to make bail after her arrest for her alleged role in fraud involving around R100 million.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Sipho Ngwema confirmed that Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndlovu was arrested on Wednesday morning for her involvement in a tender scandal:
"A tender was awarded by the SANDF to Ukhumbe Marine ( the legal entity belonging to Mrs Ndlovu) to transport SANDF equipment back from African countries to South Africa. The contract value was approximately R24 million. It is alleged that she provided false informatoin/ documents as part of the tender process."
In addition to this contract, the wife of the top SANDF official also managed to score another contract in the same line of work, with Ngwema commenting further that:
"Thereafter, she was awarded another contract of R103 million, again to transport SANDF equipment. The soldiers were then recalled from service in the African countries and this led to the cancellation of the second contract."
This did little to put Ntsondwa-Ndlovu off, with the accused claiming that she had already incurred steep expenses relating to the project:
"The accused then claimed R30 million from the SANDF whilst alleging that she had already, before the cancellation, incurred expenses to that value. Documents which appear to be false were provided to show the expenses."
Ngwema said that bail was set at R80 000 and was approved on the condition that she makes no contact with witnesses and hands in her passport to the investigating officer. The matter has been postponed until December.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the South African Police Force has announced that a 47-year-old has been arrested for allegedly defrauding the Covid-19 UIF Social Relief Fund.
The woman was taken into custody by the Hawks on Friday morning with the SAPS commenting that:
"A 47-year-old director of a company in Malamulele has been arrested today for allegedly defrauding the Covid-19 UIF Social Relief Funds over R3 million on behalf of her former Malamulele Extended Public Works Program (EPWP) workers."
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