Thembi Sarah Masilela (67) the Excecutive Mayor of the Nkangala District Municipality and eight others appeared in the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday after they were arrested by Members of the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Mpumalanga for alleged fraud.
The accomplices, Gigimani Swartboy Sindane (59), the Secretary of the Ndzundza Mabhoko Traditional Council, Tebogo Nkamide Matiwane (50) the General Manager of Social Development within Nkangala District Municipality, Thembi Ndlovu (50) Co-ordinator for Social Services, Given Sipho Jele (33), his company Somziloyi business Enterprise, Simon Prince Musiza (33), his company Zenzazona PTY LTD, Vincent Jabu Sibiya (39), his company Megaworks Trading Enterprise, Elvis Sifiso Ntuli (36), his company Ngibongaimpilo PTY LTD and Thabo Wiseman Ntuli and his company Ngezabanqobi Supply Trading and Enterprises were all charged for theft, forgery and Contravening the Public Finance Management Act (PMFA).
“It is alleged that Masilela colluded with the group in September 2019 and ensured that fraudulent documents were processed for payments for services which were never rendered. As a result of the Municipality lost in access of approximately R215 730.
“The accused were granted R10 000 bail each and the case was postponed to 10 September 2021 for it to be transferred to the Serious Commercial Crime Court,” said Mpumalanga Hawks spokesperson, Captain Dineo Sekgotodi.