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easterncape thumb100 News24 reports that the former director-general in the Eastern Cape's Office of the Premier, Marion Mbina-Mthembu, and five others appeared in the Zwelitsha Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of defrauding the state of R20 million.

Mbina-Mthembu appeared alongside the former acting Eastern Cape head of education, Sizakele Netshilaphala, the former chief financial officer in the Office of the Premier, Myirhakazi Hannah Ntshingila, and businesspeople Athi Magwentshu, Ntabellang Nkoane and Koleka Mtembu. They were arrested by the Hawks in December on allegations of fraud and money laundering. Mbina-Mthembu, Ntshingila and Magwentshu were each released on R10,000 bail last year. Nkoane and Mtembu were granted R5,000 bail, and Netshilaphala is out on R6,000 bail. They are accused of misappropriating money for 72 temporary classrooms in 2016, which was meant to ease overcrowding at 30 schools in Gqeberha and Kariega. A Hawks spokesperson said the investigation into the tender began in 2020 after an outcry about poor workmanship in the delivery of prefab structures. The accused will appear again on 10 July.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sithandiwe Velaphi at News24


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