Hawks arrest government officials for fraud and corruption

The Serious Corruption Investigation of the Hawks arrested three suspects on January 30 in East London and Port Elizabeth respectively for two different cases relating to fraud and corruption. 

Baxolile Ngoloyi (35) and Simthembile Smith (29) subsequently appeared at the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Port Elizabeth yesterday while Samnkelo Nkwateni (42), appeared in the East London Magistrate’s Court for an unrelated case.

The Hawks released a statement on the cases today.

It is alleged that between December 2017 and June 2018, Ngoloyi, a systems controller at the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality’s (BCM) health department, manipulated the department’s system by executing fraudulent payments to Ngoloyi’s company even though the company never rendered any services for the department.

Approximately R120,000 was paid out to the company while the department stopped a payment of R140,000 before it could be made as the latter suspected malpractice. BCM reported the alleged crime to the Hawks in June 2018.

Ngoloyi and Smith were each granted R500 bail by the Specialised Commercial Crime court. Their next court appearance will be on February 17.

Meanwhile, it is alleged that during the year 2018 Nkwateni, an administration clerk at the Department of Labour in East London, demanded payment from two businesspeople in exchange for a letter of good standing.

One businessperson paid him R5,000 while the other one paid R3,000 for a letter the department actually issues for free.

The department reported the alleged crime to the Hawks during November 2018 and the latter swiftly commenced with its investigation.

Nkwateni’s next court appearance in the East London Magistrate’s Court will be on February 3, where he will be given the opportunity to apply for bail.


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