Nine suspects, between the ages of 23 and 60, will appear in court this week for allegedly hacking Tshwane town’s servers, defrauding the municipality of Rand 53 million.
The suspects were arrested last week in various parts of Gauteng for the crime allegedly committed in December 2019.
The group appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court and reportedly received a bond of R100,000 with strict conditions.
In a statement, police said the group was caught by the Hawks National Clean Audit task force, which alleges that in December 2019, Rand 53 million “was stolen from the municipality after the system was allegedly broken down. pirate”.
Among those arrested are Nkosinathi Sithole and Gunther Wegrostek, former directors of Ayakhula Trading, which police say was used as a channel for the commission of the crime.
“The former directors of the company, Sithole and Wegrostek, were arrested immediately after the fraudulent transaction,” said Colonel Katlego Mogale.
Additionally, police claim Ayakhula Trading is involved in a similar fraudulent act, where an estimated R 1 billion JSE trust account was targeted by this trade union, but irregularities were spotted by Absa.
According to Colonel Mogale, the bank’s alert action enabled the national team to link nine people to the attack on the municipality.
“They will be charged with fraud and corruption. They will appear before the Special Commercial Crimes Tribunal in Pretoria, joining Sithole and Wegrostek. The fight against the looting of municipal funds that cripple service delivery will continue until the perpetrators are prosecuted. “
The group are scheduled to appear in court again this week and have been ordered to report to a police station daily and not to leave Gauteng without the investigator’s consent.
Suspects arrested for hacking Tshwane town, R 53 million looted
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