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2022/10/18      |  Written By:  Captain C Singo   |   Province:  Free State

FREE STATE - A 41-year-old suspect is expected to appear before the Welkom Magistrates' Court today, 17 October 2022 where he will be facing charges of fraud and theft.

He was arrested on Friday, 14 October 2022 at OR Tambo International Airport by the Boarder police. This comes after a warrant of arrest was issued against him by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team based in Welkom.

It is alleged that during the period of January 2008 until December 2010, money was allocated to the Brandfort Museum project popularly known as the Winnie Mandela Museum by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture. The money that was allocated was allegedly misused and the service providers were appointed without following the proper procurement processes. The project was coordinated by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and Lejweleputswa District Municipality. As a result of these fraudulent activities, the department suffered a total loss of more than R700 000.

The matter was then reported to the Hawks for further investigation. Meanwhile his co-accused; Tsoareli Malakoane (56), Nontsikelelo Eunice Aaron (55), Lebogang Aubrey Sebeela (47), Monyane Matthews Sefantse (53), Errens Lodewikus Celliers (80) and Sithiwe Thubane (47) were arrested by the Hawks on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 and they appeared in court on Wednesday, 21 September 2022. Their case was remanded to Friday, 11 November 2022.