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Two more arrests in municipal fraud case

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Two suspects appear in court in connection with NC municipality fraud and corruption case

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TWO SUSPECTS, Isak Andrew, 38, and Ivan Steenkamp, 45, appeared in the Victoria West Magistrate’s Court on Monday afternoon on charges of fraud and corruption following their arrest earlier in the morning by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team.

Hawks Northern Cape provincial spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi said their court appearance followed the earlier arrest of the former acting manager of Ubuntu Local Municipality, Xolani Goodman Malgas, 53, and a contractor, Dan Bevin Sonwabo Nkili, 58.

Malgas and Nkili appeared briefly in court on August 24, 2020 and were granted R30,000 bail each.

“It is alleged that during 2016, the Ubuntu Municipality in Victoria West made several payments to various service providers without following proper procurement procedures. They were required to supply and deliver several materials to install electricity to 206 households as well as deliver different supplies for road upgrades in the area, which never happened. The money involved is estimated at R2 million,” said Mnisi.

Andrew and Steenkamp were granted R30,000 bail each and their case was postponed to November 16 for further investigation.