MPUMALANGA – Additional accused, Demieties Peter Botes (47) was arrested and appeared before the Nelspruit Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 04 April 2023 alongside other accused who were previously released on R15 000 bail each.
The other accused are Thembi Millicent Motlohi (43), Allman Thabani Masuku (35), Xoliswa Celia Ngcelwane (52), Nompulelo Winnie Nxumalo (44), Agnes Nosipho Ndzinisa (54), Nkosinathi Samuel Gumede (37), Thabang Cliford Khumalo (41), Nonhlanhla Precious Matsheka (42) and Nkosinathi Mahlalela (36).
They were arrested by the Nelspruit based Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation during a joint operation with Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), National Anti-Corruption Unit (NTACU) and Special Investigation Unit (SIU) on 18 July 2022 for fraud, theft and money laundering.
It is alleged that Botes who is the owner of a fleet of 45 trucks, licensed the vehicles without paying the license fees. The process is known as money dumping. The amount involved is approximately R60 million. The case against all accused was postponed to 20 July 2023 and more arrests are expected.
Enquiries: Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi
071 481 3493