MPUMALANGA – A suspect is expected to appear in the Witbank Magistrates court this morning, 08 June 2023 on charges of fraud and corruption consequent to her arrest yesterday, 07 June 2023.
Information was received by the
Middleburg and Secunda Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team who applied to conduct a sting operation in relation to alleged illegal activities by the suspect. It is reported that the suspect who is employed as an information officer by the Emalahleni Local Municipality is responsible for communicating with various stakeholders and government departments relating to housing issues.
Following the acquisition of mining rights by Seriti Mine, residents living around Witbank are to be relocated to Duvha where they will be built new residences. The suspect, armed with this information deviced a cunning plan to defraud unsuspecting home owners into paying an amount of money with a promise of being prioritised in the housing project. The operation was executed wherein the suspect was arrested immediately after the transaction where an agent was allegedly allocated a house.