UPDATE | Arrests mount to 15 over R15m Mogalakwena municipality fraud
Two more people have been arrested over alleged Mogalakwena municipality fraud amounting to R15m.
The Hawks on Monday said that 13 people — including municipal officials and company directors — had been nabbed. Since then, two more people have been taken into custody, officers said.
There has also been action taken against two additional companies, on top of the 11 companies initially implicated.
All the suspects are expected to make their first appearance in the Mokopane magistrate's Court on September 1.
Earlier, TimesLIVE reported that the Hawks had arrested several senior officials and company directors at the Mogalakwena municipality in connection with the alleged fraud.
Hawks spokesperson Capt Matimba Maluleke said the 13 suspects initially arrested included senior officials, company directors and 11 companies.
Maluleke said the group were arrested at the municipal offices in Limpopo on Monday.
“It is alleged the officials received gratification from service providers and other companies were paid for services not rendered,” he said. “The municipality has suffered a loss of more than R15m from these illegal activities.”
During the operation, a BMW 1 Series belonging to the girlfriend of one suspect was seized, Maluleke said.
He said more arrests are expected.