The Directorate for the Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) says that on Monday, the Molemole Local Municipality’s senior officer in Limpopo will appear in the Polokwane Magistrates Court due to his connection to the theft of R4.8 million.
A tip-off was given to the Hawks in 2018 about money theft at the Makgatho Community Property Association.
An investigation has revealed that between 2015 and 2018, the suspect was allegedly mentoring the community and conspired with other members of the association to grant a farming tender to a company connected to his wife without following proper processes.
The members of the Hawks arrested the official in Polokwane on Friday.
The company had received over R4.8 million from the association, and it revealed that it was never rendered any service to the community.
Thabo Ramela, the acting head of the Hawks in Limpopo, has prepared all government officials saying that the theft of public money would not be tolerated.
“No stone will be left unturned against those who continue to abuse their powers by stealing from the poorest of the poor,” he said. Ramela assures that the investigation will proceed without fear or favor.
The suspect will appear in court on the 5th of October 2020 to face theft charges. Meanwhile, other suspects linked to the case will be pursued.