Bail granted for 15 people arrested on fraud rap related to Nelson Mandela’s funeral

12 February 2021 - 10:16
The 15 suspects will answer to allegations related to the procurement of service providers for the transportation and booking of venues during the memorial service and funeral preparations for the late Nelson Mandela by the Buffalo City metropolitan municipality
The 15 suspects will answer to allegations related to the procurement of service providers for the transportation and booking of venues during the memorial service and funeral preparations for the late Nelson Mandela by the Buffalo City metropolitan municipality
Image: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Fifteen people, including high-profile Buffalo City employees, prominent political party members and businessmen, have been arrested for alleged fraud and corruption related to former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

“The suspects will be answering to allegations related to the procurement of service providers for the transportation and booking of venues during the memorial service and funeral preparations for the late Nelson Mandela by the Buffalo City metropolitan municipality. This happened between 2013 and 2014.

“The alleged fraudulent claims total R10m,” said Hawks spokesperson Col Katlego Mogale.

She said a thorough investigation by the Hawks had led to the arrest of the suspects on Friday morning.

They appeared on Friday in the East London magistrate’s court on charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering.

“All the accused appeared, except for one who is in quarantine and will appear once healthy enough to do so.

"The accused were granted R1,000 bail each,” said Mogale.

They will appear again in court on March 5.

“The Eastern Cape provincial head of the directorate for priority crime investigation, Maj-Gen Obed Ngwenya, lauded the investigation team for bringing the perpetrators to justice for squandering resources during a period when the country was mourning the death of an icon.”

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