Former city manager and chief financial officer to appear in court
The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Team has subpoenaed a former Director of the Eden District Municipality and a former CFO to appear in George Regional Court on November 10, 2020. Both men will appear for fraud, corruption and contravention of the municipality. Financial Administration Act.
CORRUPTION: DUO ACCUSED OF IMPROVING SALARIES
It is alleged that between November 2010 and August 31, 2011, the duo entered into and signed full-time employment contracts with the Kannaland Council and the District of Eden. This would have allowed them to unduly receive salaries from the two municipalities, which would have resulted in a total loss estimated at more than R2 million.
They cannot be appointed until they appear in court in November.
In another incident, Municipal Director of Sedibeng Stanley Khanyile and two others were arrested last week on charges of corruption and fraud worth R29 million.
Khanyile, then chief office manager of HOD Vuyokazi Valentia Sangoni and Umnotho Development Director Poovandaren Chetty appeared in King William’s Town Magistrates’ Court on August 14. Magistrate Nkosinathi Mjekula granted Chetty a 200,000 rand bond, Khanyile a 50,000 rand bond and Sangoni a 20,000 rand bond.
Khanyile allegedly ignored prescriptions and procurement processes to ensure Chetty got a R466 million contract. It comes at a time when corruption is undoubtedly ravaging the country.
FIVE YEARS IN JAIL FOR CLONE BANK CARD FRAUD
In another incident, 27-year-old Songeza Gqolana appeared on Monday (August 17th) before the Commercial Crimes Court in Bellville, Cape Town, for entering a conviction on various charges of fraud, forgery and violation of the law on communications and electronic transactions (ECT).
Gqolana, who was employed as a bartender at a popular Cape Town restaurant, was on trial after being arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crimes Investigation Team in March 2019.
The court found him guilty of five counts of fraud in violation of the Communications and Electronic Transactions (ECT) Act and money laundering.
Gqolana was sentenced to five years imprisonment with a full suspended sentence of five years on condition that the accused was not convicted of a similar offense during the period of suspension. In addition, the court sentenced Gqolana to a fine of Rand 40,000 or a one-year suspended prison sentence for five years.
The court further sentenced him to three years of correctional supervision and further declared him unfit to possess a firearm.