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Ex-Emalahlen councilor arrested two others for alleged sale of RDP houses

Former councilor Linda Bhekiyise Goqo is accused of selling RDP houses. (Supplied by Hawks)

  • A former councilor from Emalahlen has been released on bail for selling alleged RDP houses.
  • The cases were launched after the victims notified the police.
  • The former councilor allegedly earned RUB 307,000.

As a result of a two-year investigation into the alleged sale of RDP houses, a former councilor from Emalahlen was arrested.

The Hawks revealed that their investigation into Linda Bhekiyise Goqo (57) had revealed alleged collusion with two other individuals.

Goqo, Xolani Manana (32) and Sharon Mtshali (36) were arrested by the Hawks on Friday and immediately taken to the Witbank Magistrate’s Court for their first appearance.

Goqo was said to have been a councilor and had a profit of around 307,000 rupees.

He allegedly used Manana to collect money from customers because he preferred cash payment.

Some of the funds were transferred to Mtshali’s bank account.

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Mpumalanga Hawks spokesman Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said Goqo, Manana and Mtshali were charged with fraud, theft and corruption.

Their arrest was followed by an investigation by the Hawks, which began in July 2020.

The complainants reported buying RDP houses from the suspects, which were never handed out.

Sharon Mtshali

Sharon Mtshali, who allegedly sold RDP houses to Manana and Goqo to a former councilor in Emalahlen. (Supplied by Hawks)

Xolani Manana

Xolani Manana allegedly conspired with Goqo and Sharon Mtshali to sell the RDP houses. (Supplied by Hawks)

“An investigation by the Hawks revealed that the former municipal councilor received the money in his favor. He was also found to have worked with Manana.

“Goqo sent Manana to collect the money he paid for the RDP houses from the people. Goqo did not want electronic transactions. He preferred cash only.

“During the interview, Manana confessed to six cases where she received money from the victims and handed it over to Goqo. Mtshali was linked to the crime after his (bank) account was used to get money from one of the victims.

“Mtshali took the money and handed it to Goqo. All the money [defrauded from the victims] It was R307,000. ”

Sekgotodi said Goqo, Manana and Mtshali each received bail of 2,000 rupees.

They are expected to appear in court on July 26th.

Ex-Emalahlen councilor arrested two others for alleged sale of RDP houses

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