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NPA obtains restraint order in NMB fraud and corruption matter.

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The National Prosecuting Authority has obtained a restraint order against the assets of the late former Nelson Mandela Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, and several other accused in a fraud and corruption matter.

The late UDM mayor, who died of Covid19 complications last November, was named in the statement by the NPA yesterday.

This followed the court appearance on Thursday of seven people related to the alleged irregular awarding of a municipal tender, in the amount of close on R25.6 million.

A fourth former Municipal official is also to be indicted but was not placed under arrest due to health considerations.  The remaining accused are three business people and their entities.

NPA spokesperson, Anelisa Ngckani, said the restraint order against the assets of the accused, including assets in Bobani's estate, was in the amount of R11 million rand and was obtained in the Grahamstown High Court on Tuesday.

The accused are Mpho Nangammbi (44), Joram Mkosana (49), Thabo Williams (45), Andile Wellington Tolom (51), Vuyokazi Bazi (35),  Thandeka Gloria Buti (50), Rukaard Abrahams (31) and three companies, 4 Sisters Trading Enterprise CC (represented by Buti), Dankovista (PTY) LTD (represented by Abrahams) and Milongani Eco-Consulting CC (represented by Nangammbi).

She said they collectively face 48 counts of fraud and corruption, money laundering, racketeering, and contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act.

They were granted bail ranging from R1000 to R20 000.

“On Tuesday, 2the Grahamstown High Court granted the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority (AFU) a restraint order against the assets, estimated at just over R11m of the accused, their spouses and entities, including the assets in the estate of the late Mongameli Bobani,” Ngcakani said.

The case against the accused was postponed to 28 January 2022. 

 

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