This is in addition to the four who have already appeared in the Douglas Magistrates Court.
FIVE more suspects, aged between 32 and 59 years, were arrested in connection with R5 million GWK money laundering case.
Hawks Provincial spokesperson, Nomthandazo Mnisi said the suspects were served with summonses in different provinces.
“The suspects were served with court summonses on Wednesday (June 30, 2021) by the Kimberley Hawks Serious Corruption Investigations team in Mpumalanga, Free State and Northern Cape. This follows investigations that the suspects, who worked at Griekwaland-Wes Koperatief Beperk (GWK) colluded with an employee from AG Equipment Direct LLC (AG) and inflated prices when quoting for equipment. These incidents occurred between 2014 and 2016,” said Mnisi.
She said the investigation teams established that an estimated amount of R5 million was defrauded from GWK.
“Investigations by the Hawks established that the suspects defrauded GWK of an amount of R5 million which was allegedly shared amongst the suspects. The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya lauded the members for the successful operation which secured the apprehension of the six suspects,” she said.
She said the additional suspects will appear in court on July 22, 2021.
Mnisi said the other four suspects have appeared in the Douglas Magistrates Court.
“Previously, Johannes Lodewykus Kruger (60), Rudolph Kemp (47), George Wheeler (60) and Johannes van Heerden (51) were arrested in November 2020 and made several appearances in the Douglas Magistrate Court for corruption, fraud and money laundering,” Mnisi said.