Former councillor released on bail for fraud and corruption

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Emalahleni ex-Local Municipality Councillor Linda Bhekiyise Goqo(57) and Xolani Manana(32) and Sharon Mtshali(36) were released on bail by the Witbank Magistrate court on Friday , 03 June 2022  after they were arrested by the Hawks  Middelburg based  Serious Corruption Investigation the same day for fraud, theft and corruption.

Their arrest followed an investigation by the Hawks which started in July 2020 whereby complainants reported to the police that they paid money to buy RDP houses which were never allocated to them.

Mpumalanga Hawks Spokesperson Dineo Sekgotodi said during the investigation, it was established that the Emalahleni Local Municipality Councillor Goqo received the money for his benefit .“It was further established that he was working together with Manana who was sent by the Councillor to collect monies that he charged people for the RDP houses”.

Sekgotodi said the councillor did not want electronic transactions, he preferred cash only hence Manana was tasked to collect the monies.

“During the interview, Manana confessed six incidences whereby he received the money from the victims and gave it to the councillor which was cash only”.

Accused number three Mtshali was also linked after her account number was used to receive the money from one of the victims which she withdrew and then handed to the councillor and the total money stolen was R307 000.00.

They will all return to court on 26 July 2022 for further investigation.

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