Hlokomelo Mabogale |
The Hawks in Limpopo have seized a vehicle worth R1.4 million in Mokopane as part of an ongoing investigation into the allegations of corruption at Mogalakwena Municipality.
In an effort to get rid of corruption in the country, the Serious Corruption Investigation team visited one of the senior municipality official house on Tuesday morning and seized a luxury Mercedes-Benz worth R1.4 million.
The Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said this comes in the wake of a 2018 investigation after the Hawks received information that business people allegedly deposited money into a vehicle dealership’s account for the official to purchase a vehicle of his choice as a gratification.
It is alleged that between 2017 and 2019, different companies were awarded tenders worth over R50 million by the municipality.
“Investigations has so far revealed that most of the tenders were flawed and riddled with corruption” said Maluleke.
The Hawks Priority Crime Specialised Investigation (Asset Forfeiture) successfully secured a Court Preservation Order on 30 September 2020 to seize the vehicle. Investigations are still continuing.