Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said their Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit arrested the officials in connection with fraud to the tune of R338 million.
“Three officials in the Kannaland Municipality were arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team for fraud. The municipal manager later handed himself over at the Hawks’ offices,” Mogale says.
The Hawks alleged the officials defrauded the municipality through fraudulent appointments and acting allowances. One official’s company also allegedly benefitted while he was still employed by the municipality.
“The director of corporate services, Hendrick Barnard; the former chief financial officer, Nigel Delo; the municipal manager, Morne Hoogbaard and the human resources manager, McGrandile Makier, appeared in the Ladismith Magistrate’s Court and were released on R15 000 bail each,” Mogale said.
“The matter was postponed to 26 January 2022 and will be heard in the Oudtshoorn Regional Court.”