BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed from the South African Police Service (SAPS) that the East London Magistrates’ Court issued a warrant for the arrest of senior government officials and company directors over Buffalo City municipality 15 million fraud.
The court issued the warrant after only one suspect out the nine involved, handed himself over to the Hawks Task Team members on Friday as required.
According to SAPS, “the outstanding eight suspects chose to abscond and instead picked to send their legal representatives to appear on their behalf.” They did that irrespective of the fact that they were duly informed and given ample time to present themselves.
Specifying that the suspects are being investigated for fraud and corruption, SAPS said:
“An agreement was reached with the investigation team that they would adhere to arrangement however only one suspect turned up and was duly charged.
The warrant of arrests stems from a Hawks investigation where it is alleged the Buffalo City Municipality lost almost R15 million for services not rendered.”
SAPS divulged further details about the Buffalo City municipality 15 million fraud saying it’s alleged that Ndodana Consulting Engineers Pty (Ltd) submitted fraudulent invoices to the municipality.
“…The directors of the company and some senior officials at the municipality allegedly benefited out the alleged fraudulent transaction.
“Monde Webster Ndodana (63) and owner of Ndodana Consulting Engineers complied and handed himself to the team last week Friday morning. The accused appeared briefly the same day and was granted R30 000 bail. The case was remanded to the 02 May 2017.
“The accused appeared briefly the same day and was granted R30 000 bail. The case was remanded to the 02 May 2017,” SAPS related.
With that, the police service asserted that the courtesy that was handed over to the remaining suspects has reached a dead end. They have now been ordered to surrender themselves to the task team members to avert further embarrassment.
Commenting on the issue, Hawks’ Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza said:
“Company directors and senior municipal officials are not above the law and no one deserves preferential treatment in the spirit of equality before the law.
“The Hawks are a law enforcement entity and we will not delay executing our mandate without fear or favour.
“Central to the rule of law is that no person is above the law. Respect for the rule of law would be ferociously undermined if the accused were to send a message to the public that they do not value court orders.
“We have given them another chance that they surrender to the task team. If not, we will not hesitate to search for then wherever they are to answer to the serious charges they are facing,” Ntlemeza promised.