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UPDATE: Third accused up for R79 mil fraud

A third person accused of involvement in a R79 million fraud case appeared before the Polokwane magistrate’s court on Thursday.

01 July 2013 | Nelie Erasmus

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A third  person accused of involvement in a R79 million fraud case appeared before the Polokwane magistrate’s court on Thursday.
The accused, Tollo Clement (Paul) Nkosi (37), a director of UMSO Construction (Pty) Ltd, was arrested after handing himself over to the Hawk’s anti-corruption unit earlier in the day.  Nkosi will have to answer to three counts of fraud relating to the construction of a bridge linking Mankele and Penge.
His co-accused, former Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) CEO Mashanoke Alice Mogotlane (44) and former special projects senior manager Ndanganeni Robert Nema-vhola (48), appeared in the Polokwane mag-istrate’s court last Tuesday on charges of fraud.
The bridge in question was allegedly not constructed according to the specifica-tions as per the contract, and the contract fee was allegedly increased from just over R46 million to more than R79 million.
Mogotlane and Namavhola were re-leased on R5 000 bail each, while Nkosi had to cough up R10 000.
All three accused persons are due to appear before court again on August 15.

27 June 2013

A former Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) CEO and a former special projects senior manager were arrested  on Tuesday in connection with fraud exceeding R79 million.
Hawks spokesperson, Capt Paul Ramaloka said Mashanoke Alice Mogotlane (44) and Ndanganeni Robert Nemavhola (48) are suspected of fraudulently issuing a tender to build a bridge across the river between Penge and Mankele villages in the Greater Tubatse area in Sekhukhune.
According to the charge sheet, a consulting engineering company was appointed in February 2010 to:
"...do a route determination, design,  contract documentation, tendering and construction supervision for the upgrading and extension of the road between Penge and Mankele villages".
 The proposed upgrading and extension was presented to RAL as a solution to the access problem between the two villages.
The Hawks’ investigation revealed that this proposal was ignored and it was decided to construct a steel bridge over the river.
 "The suspects allegedly inflated the initial amount of R46,6 million to R79,5 million - a more than 70% increase - without the necessary approval from the treasury department.
 Mogotlane and Nemavhola appeared before the Polokwane magistrate’s court and were charged with fraud for allegedly deliberately misrepresenting facts to RAL and allegedly knowingly inducing RAL to believe the said misrepresentations.
As there was no necessity to upgrade the road, the additional cost of R17 million was considered fruitless and wasteful expenditure.
The case was postponed to August 15 and the suspects were granted bail of R5 000 each.
The head of the Hawks in Limpopo, Maj. Gen Dibero Molatsane, said she applauded the team for their sterling work.
“Our aim is to rid the province of all acts of corruption no matter what," she said.
Molatsane also said  that the Hawks anticipated more arrests to be made with regards to this case.   
• Mogotlane was appointed CEO of RAL after former roads and transport MEC, Pinky Kekana, controversially disbanded the then RAL board in September 2009.
Her appointment also came  after the illegal appointment of On-Point Engineering as  project management unit in October 2009.

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