Hawks arrest a second suspect in connection to R3.2 million COVID-19 relief fund fraud

16th October 2020

The Serious Corruption Investigation Unit of the Hawks arrested a second person in connection with R3.2 million that was fraudulently claimed from the COVID-19 social relief fund.

The director of the Mtititi company, revealed to be Hlalamani Dorris Mashimbye, 47, was arrested last Friday for allegedly claiming COVID-19 social relief funds from the Unemployment Insurance Fund on behalf od Expanded Public works Programme workers who were no longer under her employ.

The second arrest is a 75-year-old person who had withdrawn more than R150 000 from the account of a drop-in center in Mtititi which Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke believes the suspect attempted to conceal from the ongoing investigations.

Mashimbye made an appearance at the Malamulele MAgistrate's Court on Monday, where the case was postponed to October 19, pending a bail application.

More Hawks arrests

In other news, two suspects aged 35 and 43 are due to appear at the Hillbrow Magistrates Court on corruption and extortion charges on Friday.

According to Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu of the Hawks, the suspects allegedly solicited a R67 000 gratification from the complainant to reduce Tsogo Sun Hotel's property rate bill account from R323 000 to a lower amount.

The suspects, who introduced themselves as Ncube Incorporated Attorneys employees contracted by the City of Johannesburg to collect the debt owed by its customers, demanded more compensation to reduce the utility bill again.

A sting operation at a restaurant in Parktown, Johannesburg conducted by the Hawks' Serious Corruption Investigation team saw the suspects immediately arrested, and the R10 000 cash found in their possession seized.

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