Tebogo Msimanga |
Three men, Xolile Winston Zakhe (46),Richard Aron Meyer (46), Jayslin Naidoo (43 appeared in East London Specialised Commercial Crimes Court for charges of PPE fraud. They were arrested by the East London based Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team during the early hours of Wednesday 25 May 2022.
Captain Yolisa Mgolodela of Eastern Cape Hawks said their arrests emanate from the personal protective equipment tenders alleged to have been acquired fraudulently in May 2020.
“It is alleged that two directors, Zakhe and Meyer who originate from Gauteng submitted fraudulent lease documents to the Department of Health in the Eastern Cape, giving a misrepresentation of being residents of the Eastern Cape as that was part of the requirements then”.
Mgolondela added that Naidoo, a sole director from Durban is also alleged to have misled the Department of Health in the Eastern Cape claiming to be having a lease agreement as well, thus qualifying him to benefit from the PPE tender.
“Services were rendered by the respective companies and more than R3 million was paid by the department.” The three were released on R10 000 bail. The matter is remanded to 18 July 2022 for copies of the dockets.