On Thursday the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said that a previous director-general of the national department of housing had been arrested. The suspect delivered himself over to the authorities in Durban.
Six people have already been arrested, including other former government officials.
The asbestos audit in the Free State has resulted in the wastage of more than R200 million public funds.
The investigation started in 2019 by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and has made the headlines in recent weeks.
On Friday morning, the seven suspects must appear in the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court.
The suspects’ charges are fraud, theft, corruption, and breaching the Public Finance Management Act.
A contract was awarded in 2014 to Blackhead Consulting and Diamond Hill Trading to perform an examination and evaluation of houses with asbestos roofing.
Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane has found that not a single asbestos roof was removed and replaced, and only R21 million was spent on the actual audit.
Offices of Blackhead Consulting were raided, amid the arrests, brought out by the Hawks.