R5 Million Fraud case against former mayor set for trial

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The Potchefstroom Regional Court on Friday set a trial date on the fraud and theft case against the former Executive Mayor of JB Marks Local Municipality , Kgotso Khumalo and others to 11 October 2021.

Khumalo together with Cecil Henry and Mohau Shuping are facing eight charges of theft and fraud from the municipality funds. It is alleged that the North-West University and the Programme for Community Development paid about R5 million into a trust account of an attorney for the use of specific projects by the municipality.

National Prosecuting Authority Spokesperson in North West Henry Mamothame said the magistrate also confirmed that the trial will be conducted at the Ventersdorp Regional Court. “The state initially intended to transfer the matter to the High Court in Mmabatho, however, the accused made a submission citing they will suffer financial constraints.”

The three will remain out on a warning and are prohibited from contacting state witnesses.

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