- The Hawks have arrested 4 bid evaluators allegedly involved in a plot to defraud the Housing Development Agency of R2.4 million
- The case involves a company called Aventino Group CC which was appointed to construct temporary housing
- The housing units built allegedly did not conform to designs and specifications
The Hawks have arrested four bid evaluation committee members who have been allegedly linked to an R2.4 million fraud case involving the Talani Temporary Housing unit.
The elite crime-fighting unit swooped down on the suspects on Friday the 18th December.
According to the Hawks, the suspects had not properly verified documents submitted by Aventino Group CC, a company which was appointed to construct housing units.
In addition, the Hawks allege that the temporary housing units are not built according to the prescribed specifications.
The suspects will appear before the Tzaneen Magistrate's Court on Monday 21 December.
Here are some reactions to the news of the arrests:
"It's good that eventually, the hawks are discharging their constitutional mandate ... let's hope and trust that these arrests will yield successful prosecutions for convictions as well as very very long sentences in our prison facilities..."
"Let's hope those convicted won't be sentenced anything less than plus 15 years minimum... and to their convictions, it must be ordered that they shouldn't be eligible to appear before parole having not served at least 10 years..."
"Instead of half sentence as its currently the case and they mustn't ... and shouldn't qualify for any sentence related concessions but must serve everything in facilities ...as well as through house arrest through being on parole ..."
"Bid Evaluation, that's where everything starts. Removing attachments from bid documents in order to disqualify bidders whose bidding price is lower than that of their preferred bidder."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Norma Mngoma has evidently opted to break her silence over Malusi Gigaba's allegedly sketchy past.
The ex-wife of the former minister has spilt some serious tea in an interview, claiming that:
“I found him there with the Guptas. They used to give him a lot of money…”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Norma had been arrested under controversial circumstances in July.
Norma had faced charges for alleged domestic violence, assault, malicious damage to property and even crimen injuria.
The charges had been laid against her by Gigabe after she had damaged a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon which was on loan to the ANC politician.
The arrest itself had been a bone of contention with the Hawks themselves getting involved in the domestic dispute.
The law enforcement group had claimed that Norma had been involved in a 'conspiracy to murder' the former minister. Norma and her legal team had rejected this allegation.
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