Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Manager arrested
MPUMALANGA – On Wednesday, 08 December 2021, members of the Hawks` Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in Mpumalanga, arrested two suspects, Godfrey Mthokozi Mchunu (50) and Hlaleleni Dinah Shabangu (45) for alleged fraud, theft and corruption.
In September 2018, whilst Mchunu was employed as a project manager at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, he allegedly colluded with a service provider, Hlaleleni Dinah Shabangu, Director of Frugasec cc.
Payments were made by the department to the company for services that were not rendered causing an actual loss of about R 1 265 400.00 to the department
The duo was arrested, charged together with the company Frugasec cc and subsequently appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate court on Wednesday, 08 December 2021 and were granted bail of R5 000.00 each.
The matter was postponed to 04 February 2022 for appearance at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.