There was alleged fraud at the local municipality of Mafube
A company director who was charged with fraud alongside a former acting city manager in the Free State, has been released on R7,000 bail.
Tumahole Jeffrey Mokoena, 42, manager of Pit Dog Trading, appeared in Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
It is alleged that the former acting city manager, Nkabi Andrew Hlubi, received bribes after the local municipality of Mafube awarded bids to Mokoena’s company in 2015.
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“After each payment made by the municipality to Pit Dog Trading, the director of the company would then deposit some of the money in Hlubi’s bank account, ranging from R1 million. All bids that were awarded are estimated [to amount to] R21 million,” Hawks spokesman Captain Christopher Singo said.
Mokoena also allegedly submitted fraudulent documents to the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) so that he could obtain a higher CIDB ranking.
Hlubi turned himself in to the police and was released on 10,000 rand bail last week.
He and Mokoena are scheduled to return to court on October 6, 2021.
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