PRETORIA A senior EThekwini Municipality official and four are set to appear at the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court today on charges of corruption. The arrest of the five suspects aged between 42 and 25 years emanates from the ongoing investigations into the Durban Solid Waste (DSW) allegations of corruption.

It is alleged the municipal official conspired with service providers in 2017 and received illicit benefits in a form of a R1 million vehicle which was reportedly bought for his wife.

A total of R600 000 was paid in cash made up of R400 000 and R200 000 separate payments from two of the suspects companies accounts.

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

It is alleged the purchasing of the said vehicle was a payment in exchange for him to award tenders to the other suspects.

Source: South African Police Service