Margaret-Ann Diedericks, former head of the Gauteng Human Settlements Department, has been granted 100,000 rubles bail in Bloemfontein District Court. The 56-year-old Diedericks is facing charges of fraud, money laundering and corruption.
The charges relate to irregular allocation of asbestos contracts amounting to ISK 255 million. Her lawyer told the court she was not in danger of flying as she had handed over her passport to the police. He also told the court that she would not interfere with state witnesses or evade trial.
It is claimed that in the years 2014 and 2017, an irregular agreement was made with a service provider for the destruction of asbestos roofs by the Free State Department.
The suspect, who was the acting head of the settlement department in Gauteng, granted the same service provider an irregular license in Gauteng. She then received a fraudulent amount of more than R7 million from the service provider.
Diedericks will join ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule, who has been suspended, and others accused of the case.
The case has been adjourned until September 23 in the District Court of the Free State.
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