A municipal official and her son arrested for tender corruption

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Tebogo Msimanga |

A 49-year-old woman and her 20-year-old son were arrested by the Hawks on Wednesday, 23 August 2023, in Klerksdorp for alleged corruption. It is alleged that in January 2023, the suspect approached a service provider in Klerksdorp where she allegedly introduced herself as chairperson of the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) in the local municipality.

The complainant allegedly told the woman to inform him when tenders are advertised by the municipality. She allegedly told the complainant that she would see what to do.

Lieutenant Colonel Tinyiko Mathebula of North West Hawks said in March 2023, the suspect reportedly had a meeting with the complainant where she told him that his business partner was awarded a tender by the municipality to collect refuse. “It is further alleged that she told the complainant that she is aware that he has rented his trucks to his business partner and that he is also benefiting from the tender.The complainant was allegedly given an ultimatum to pay the suspect R100 000 or the contract will be cancelled and never renewed”.

Mathebula said members of the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team received information about the payment arrangement that the suspect had reached with the complainant. “The suspect and her son were arrested soon after being paid R30 000 in cash by the complainant”.

They have been charged with corruption and will appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 24 August 2023. 

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