The De Aar based Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation members arrested a 56-year-old suspect on Tuesday, 18 April 2023 in Kimberley for fraud.
The suspect who is a Director at the Department of Agriculture in De Aar, purported to be the lawful owner of a vacant land in the De Aar area.
Initially, the suspect allegedly promised to facilitate a sale meeting between the owner of the land and the buyer. At a later stage, the suspect changed and said that he will be representing the owner since the lawful land owner was constantly busy in Cape Town.
The said vacant land was visited and all relevant legal papers concluded.
A payment of R95 450.00 was effected to the benefit of the suspect. The vacant land sold never belonged to the suspect nor his associates.
The suspect will appear in De Aar Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 19 April 2023 for first court appearance.
The Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Mabuela applauded the investigation team for the work and urged the team to work hard to ensure an exemplary conviction.