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Former KZN agriculture head granted bail after corruption charges

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This week Siphiwe Mkhize, 60, a previous head of department in the KwaZulu-Natal government, was released on bail and will return to the dock in November.
Mkhize appeared in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday, due to his connection to the R3.5 million corruption case.

Siphiwe Mkhize allegedly had an accomplice, Billy Mishack Mnisi, 47, owner of Tekisani Pty Ltd, also arrested by the officers attached to the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit.
Both face charges of fraud and corruption concerning payment of approximately R3.5 million that was supposedly made by the Tekisani Pty Ltd department.

Supposedly the Tekisani department was supposed to deliver hay to farmers as part of a drought relief program in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo says that the hay was never delivered.
“Mkhize, as the head of the department, allegedly signed proof of delivery and verified the payment,” said Mhlongo.

This case was now postponed to the 12th of November, and Mkhize and Mnisi were granted each R5 000 bail.

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