Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Bloemfontein: Thirteen accused appeared before the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s court on Monday; 02 August 2021 where they faced charges of fraud, forgery, uttering, money laundering and corruption.

They were arrested on Friday; 30 July 2021 and in the early hours of Monday, 02 August 2021, by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Bloemfontein.

Among those who were arrested on Friday are: Motsumi Krisjan Polori (46); Sarah Kenosi Legobate (44), both employees at the department of Health and five company directors, who are John Tsietsi Polori  (50); Thabo Moeti (39); Mavuso Victor Kwababa (49); Simon Njonga (40); Lebohang Beqezi (37).

Six people who were arrested on Monday morning are: David Motau (54); Sarah Kenosi Legobate(44); Mietje Johns (61); Limakatso Catharine Mabitle (62); Hillary Colleen Kala (56) and John Motsemme Chakane (65), all of them are government employees and one company director Mmalefa Charity Moloi (39).

It is alleged that during the course of the regulatory audit in the Department of Health, the audit team from the Auditor-General requested information on certain payments to service providers and subsequently queried the procurement processes that were followed.

As a result, an internal investigation followed where it was discovered that false or forged “requests for payment advices” were submitted during the period of January 2011 until December 2015, for payments with regards to the service providers.

It is further alleged that no evidence could be found whether the actual services were rendered by the service providers.

A total amount of more than R8 million was paid to the service providers. As a result the Department of Health was prejudiced and suffered a total loss of more than R8 million.

The matter was then reported to the police and a case was handed over to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Bloemfontein for further investigation which led to the arrest of the accused.

The case against the accused has been postponed to Wednesday; 22 September 2021.

David Motau; Motsumi Krisjan Polori as well as John Tsietsi Polori, were released on a R5 000. 00 bail each, whilst the other accused where released on a R2 000.00 bail each.