Hawks nab five municipal officials in FS


The Hawks has nabbed five suspects, including senior officials, at the Welkom-based Matjhabeng Local Municipality in the Free State.

OFM News reports that the Hawks national spokesperson, Katlego Mogale, says the five suspects aged between 36 and 55 were nabbed Tuesday morning during an operation by the National Clean Audit Task team. She says one of the suspects facilitated appointments of the other accused, which resulted in an actual loss of over R1 million at the municipality.

Mogale says the suspects are alleged to have been part of the investigation by the National Clean Audit Task Team into fraud, forgery, uttering and the contravention of the Municipal Finance Act within the municipality. Mogale adds that the suspects are part of the ongoing investigation by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation into corruption-related activities within municipalities around the country.

The suspects were set to appear in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court, following their arrests in the morning.