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Hawks arrest Free State former head of sports, arts and culture department

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By Thys Khiba – Hawks spokesperson Captain Christopher Singo confirmed the arrest of at least five suspects between the ages of 41 and 81 who are linked to fraud, theft, contravention of public finance management act, contravention of municipal finance management act.

The arrested suspects are expected to appear at the Welkom’s Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 21 September.

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The arrest of the former HOD of Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, company directors and two former Municipal Managers of Lejweleputswa District Municipality is in connection with the Brandfort Museum project popularly known as the Winnie Mandela Museum.

“It is alleged that during the period of January 2008 until December 2010, money was allocated to the Brandfort Museum project popularly known as the Winnie Mandela Museum by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture,” said Singo. 

It is alleged that the amount that was allocated for the project was then misused. 

Hawks told media that the service providers were allegedlyappointed without following the proper procurement processes. 

The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and Lejweleputswa District Municipality were responsible for coordinating theBrandfort Museum project.

“As a result of these fraudulent activities the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture suffered a total loss of more than R700 000.”

Investigations done by the Hawks culminated to the arrest of the five suspects and more attests are imminent.

This is a developing story.


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