PRETORIA eThekwini Municipality Deputy Head for Supply Chain Management Sandile Charles Ngcobo (41), his wife Vuyiswa Venery Ngcobo (27), and three company directors, Freedom Nkululeko Blose (39), Hlenga Truly Sibisi (44) and Mzwandile Fortune Dludla (24) appeared briefly at the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court today on charges of corruption.

The five suspects were granted R10 000-00 bail and will appear again on 25 February 2020 pending further investigations.

The suspects were ordered to hand in their passports and report to the investigating officer as and when they leave the province.

Their arrest stems from the allegations that Ngcobo conspired with the service providers in 2017 and received illicit benefits in a form of a R1 million Jaguar sedan vehicle which was reportedly bought for his wife.

The Hawk’s Clean audit Task Team established that a total of R600 000-00 was allegedly paid in cash made up of R400 000-00 and R200 000-00 separate payments from two of the suspects companies’ accounts to purchase the vehicle.

The settlement amount was in the form of another luxury vehicle being traded in to cover the outstanding costs.

It is alleged the purchasing of the said vehicle was a payment in exchange for Ngcobo as the chairperson of the municipality bid adjudication committee to award tenders to the other suspects.

Source: South African Police Service