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Another former senior official arrested for fraud in Eastern Cape: Hawks – SABC News

The Hawks arrested another former senior official in the Local Municipality of King Sabatha Dalindyebo in the Eastern Cape as part of a tender for road rehabilitation at Butterworth.

Zanemvula Ngovela is charged with alleged violation of the Law on Municipal Financial Management.

This is a multi-million Rand road construction project dating from 2011 in the local municipality of Mnquma. The project was supposed to cost R18 million, but due to government interference it doubled to R36 million.

This is the second arrest in a month in connection with the multi-million dollar construction and road project. Two other suspects are the sole directors of a company that won the tender for road construction in the townships of Butterworth.

The trio, Zanemvula Ngovela, Soundrarajan Pillay and Kubeshin Pillay, were charged at the Mthatha Central Police Station.

Provincial Hawks spokesperson Yolisa Mgolodela said the crimes were committed while Ngovela worked at the local municipality of Mnquma in 2011.

“The former director of infrastructure development of the municipality of Mnquma is accused of alleged contravention of the municipal financial management law which is linked to a call for tenders in 2011 where roads in the townships of Butterworth were revitalized and some built. The tender was supposed to be for R18 million, but eventually reached R36 million. The reason is that the specifications presented by the company that won the tender were vague. So today, that is why he is appearing before the Mthatha High Court so that he can apply for bail. “

Earlier this month, KSD city manager Ngamela Pakade was arrested by the Hawks. He appeared in Mthatha Commercial Crime Court and was released on R20,000 bail.

Ngamela Pakade and Zanemvula Ngovela were both working at the local municipality of Mnquma when the crimes were alleged to have been committed.

Mgolodela says the other two suspects, Soundrarajan Pillay and Kubeshin Pillay, along with their company Siva Pillay Construction are from KwaZulu-Natal and face fraud charges.

“We also have the service providers who won the tender. In fact, the companies merged and formed one company out of KZN. So the sole administrators are also here to be charged with fraud. What they would have done was bring in the invalid tax certificates as well as the certificates from the building board, claiming they had experience in road building. That’s why they’re here for fraud.

The trio appeared in Mthatha Commercial Crime Court and were released on bail of R 10,000 each. They will appear in court again on January 18 next year.

Another former senior official arrested for fraud in Eastern Cape: Hawks – SABC News

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