A 32-year-old man was sentenced for raping, strangling and stoning his ex-girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter. Image: AdobeStock

Former Nelson Mandela Bay officers granted bail – fraud and corruption

A group of former Nelson Mandela Bay municipal employees appeared in court for charges of fraud, corruption, and money laundering.


A 32-year-old man was sentenced for raping, strangling and stoning his ex-girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter. Image: AdobeStock

Four former Nelson Mandela Bay municipal officers, three company direct­ors, and three jurist­ic persons appeared in court on Tuesday.


They face charges of fraud, corruption, and money laundering.

The Hawks arrested the group for their alleged role in the irregular awarding of a public health tender in the municipality.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolo­dela a tender was awarded by the Nelson Mandela Bay metro’s Public Health Directorate to Milongani Eco Consult­ing CC in 2014 to do environ­mental impact assess­ment. The contract is reported to have been for a duration of three years expi­ring in July 2017.

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She said the tariff rate was R350 per hour.

“Fur­ther allegations are that, within 24 hou­rs of signing the co­ntract, an invoice of R1 million was imme­diately submitted and paid by the muni­cipality.

“It is also reported that other numerous payments were made for services that were never re­ndered thus prejudic­ing the municipality cash of R26 millio­n. It is further all­eged that even inter­ns within the munici­pality with expired contracts were also paid out of this contract,” she said.

Mgolodela said the suspects were released on bail on Thursday. Bail ranged fromR1000 to R20 000 depending on varying circumstances.

The matter was rem­anded to 28 January 2022.

Meanwhile, Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigators, with the assistance of the Hawks, have raided the offices of the Ratlou Local Municipality in the North West.

This comes after the municipality failed to cooperate with an SIU investigation.

“The Atamaleng Magistrate’s Court granted the SIU a warrant to raid the offices of the local municipality on Wednesday.

“This follows the signing of Proclamation R23 of 2020 by President Cyril Ramaphosa, authorising the SIU to investigate allegations of corruption and maladministration in the affairs of State institutions, relating the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE).” 

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SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the unit received information from a whistleblower that a senior official at the municipality instructed officials to appoint service providers who are allegedly known to the senior official for the provision of PPE and material to be used for disinfection of the buildings.

“The appointments were done without following supply chain policies and emergency procurement directives issued by the National Treasury in terms of section 168 of the Municipal Finance Management Act No.56 of 2003.

“It is further alleged that quotations received from the service providers were exorbitantly higher than the prescribed price limits, as per Treasury Instruction.”

Kganyago said another allegation was that officials are abusing petrol cards for COVID-19 related travel.