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Property association chairman appears in court for fraud

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The chairperson of the Pniel Communal Property Association appeared in the Douglas Magistrate’s Court on charges of fraud amounting to R1.1 million.

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THE CHAIRPERSON of the Pniel Communal Property Association, Corrie Solomons, 60, appeared in the Douglas Magistrate’s Court on charges of fraud amounting to R1.1 million.

Hawks provincial spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi said that during December 2018 the accused was alleged to have represented himself as a member of the Pniel Youth Development Cooperative

“He requested that money from Griekwaland-Wes Korporatief Beperk (GWK), which was due to the Pniel Youth Development, be paid into the Pniel Communal Property Association’s (PCPA) account without authorisation from the Pniel Youth Development. GWK deposited money to the PCPA and the accused later transferred it into his personal account. The Pniel Youth Development suffered an actual loss of approximately R1.1 million,” said Mnisi.

She added that Solomons was arrested on Tuesday, December 15 following an investigation by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation unit.

Mnisi said that the accused was granted bail of R20 000 and the case was postponed to February 8 next year.