Hawks arrest five FS government officials

Crime/ 20 September 2022, 20:45pm/ Mandla Nkosi

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Museum in Brandfort: image supplied 

Bloemfontein:  The Hawks in the Free State have arrested five suspects for allegedly siphoning money meant for the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Museum in Brandfort.

The suspects, aged between 41 and 81, were arrested in the Free State and Gauteng.

Free State Hawks spokesperson, Captain Christopher Singo, says suspects who are arrested include former Free State Sports, Arts and Culture head and two former municipal managers in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality.

It is alleged that between January 2008 and December 2010, money which was allocated for the museum project was misused and the service providers were appointed without following the proper procurement processes.

The incident took place between January 2008 and December 2010

The suspects are expected to appear in the Welkom Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Wednesday, 21 September).

They face charges of fraud, theft, contravention of Public Finance Management Act and the Contravention of Municipal Finance Management Act.

Singo says as a result of the alleged fraudulent activities the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture incurred a loss of more than R700 000.

According to Singo more arrests are imminent as the Hawks are still tracing other suspects.


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