The nine suspects arrested on 20 November 2020, along with six juristic persons (entities) on multiple charges of fraud, corruption, theft and money laundering briefly appeared at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court. They were all released on a collective bail set at R255 000, whilst individual bails ranged from R5000, R100 000.
Zandisile Qupe (49), Thando Ngcolomba (60) and Mongameli Bobani (deceased) were community office bearers, who exercised their alleged influence within the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality to control decision-making in the procurement processes.
Mhleleli Mlungisi Tshamase (54), Walter Shaidi (65) and Nadia Gerwel (55), were municipal officials who allegedly ensured that the service providers chosen which included the irregular appointment of Fareed Fakir (51), Heerkos Projects CC, Jarami CC, Erastyle, Davit Le Roux (45) and Le Roux Inc., Rukaard Abrahams (30)
The case against the nine suspects and six juristic persons (entities) was postponed to 12 March 2021 for the matter to be placed at the High Court.
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