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Former NC municipal manager to appear in court for fraud involving millions of rand

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A former Phokwane Local Municipality municipal manager is expected to appear in the Hartswater Regional Court on charges of fraud involving millions of rand.

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A 48-YEAR-old former municipal manager of Phokwane Local Municipality is expected to appear in the Hartswater Regional Court on Thursday on charges of fraud involving millions of rand.

Northern Cape Hawks spokesperson Nomthandanzo Mnisi said the accused is facing charges of contravention of the Municipal Finance Act for allegedly approving unauthorised payments and for fraudulently increasing his own salary.

“It is alleged that during 2018 he suspect authorised car and travel allowances to 13 employees without following prescribed procedures. Each employee received R10,000 for car and travel allowance, which was dated back to July 2017. The municipality suffered an actual prejudice exceeding R2 million,” said Mnisi.

“It is further alleged that during August 2018 the suspect submitted a memo to the payroll accountant to implement a total remuneration package of R1,169,406 plus 4% alliance, retrospective from July 2017.

“Investigations by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team revealed that neither the council nor the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) in the Northern Cape authorised or approved any of these transactions.”

Mnisi said the court summons was served to the suspect in Vryburg on October 15, 2021.

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