In other to beat the end of justice, a 44-year-old senior official attached to the Department of Justice was arrested yesterday following investigations into corruption and fraud at the Mpumalanga Master of the High Court.
According to police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi; “The investigation which was launched by the serious Commercial Investigations has been probing the alleged siphoning of claimants funds from the Maters offices for almost two years.”
“It was established that the senior official allegedly directed claimants to her “lawyer” boyfriend to process their claims. Some claimants never received their money. Instead it was shared among the two. So far almost R1.7 million has since disappeared affecting eight families.”
“Enquiries have also revealed that the boyfriend is a lawyer and also that she misrepresented the State by claiming to be a South African. The Department of Home Affairs’ Immigration Division has finalised their investigation into her status in the country.”
“It is suspected that the missing R1.7 million is just a tip of the iceberg and affected members of the Mpumalanga community are urged to contact Captain Mandla Mphephethe on 071 481 3295.”
The suspect’s boyfriend handed herself over to the investigators this morning after he was found guilty.
They are expected to appear at the Nelpruit Magistrate’s Court today on charges of corruption, money laundering, impersonation, fraud and violation of the immigration act.
Meanwhile a search and seizure operation will be conducted at the boyfriend’s office in Nelspruit today as part of the ongoing investigation.
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#sapsHQ A 44yr-old senior official attached to the Department of Justice was arrested yesterday following investigations into alleged corruption and fraud. #FightingCorruption MEhttps://t.co/WtavD0uKwi pic.twitter.com/bWLhhpPfJo
— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) November 8, 2019