CentralSAFS businessman arrested in R21 million fraud case
─── KEKELETSO MOSEBETSI 14:40 Wed, 15 Sep 2021
The Hawks in the Free State have arrested yet another suspect in the alleged tender fraud of R21 million.
This was confirmed by the Hawks' provincial spokesperson, Christopher Singo. He tells OFM News that Tumahole Mokoena, who is the director of a private company called Pit Dog Trading, is the latest to be arrested and has since made his first court appearance in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court. His arrest comes after the former Mafube Local Municipality's Manager, Nkabi Andrew Hlubi, was also arrested for his alleged involvement in the tender fraud, dating back to 2015.
The 42-year-old Mokoena appeared before the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court earlier on Wednesday and was released on bail of R7000. Singo says the case against Mokoena has been postponed to 6 October 2021, where he will appear beside his co-accused, Hlubi. The duo are facing charges of fraud and forgery.
OFM News previously reported that Hlubi was released on R10 000 bail following his short appearance before the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on 10 September 2021, and the case was postponed to 15 September 2021 for Mokoena to be added to the charge sheet.
OFM News also reported that in 2015, during Hlubi's term as acting municipal manager of the Mofube Local Municipality, it was alleged that he awarded tenders to the Pit Dog Trading company. The director of the company, Mokoena, allegedly forged papers as Hlubi would benefit R1 million from each tender. All the tenders awarded are estimated to be worth R21 million. The matter was reported to the Hawks in Bloemfontein. Investigations were conducted, which resulted in the duo's arrests.
OFM News/Kekeletso Mosebetsi