The Hawks have arrested a City of Johannesburg official on charges of fraud and corruption, as the result of a two-year long probe.
The senior manager, who holds the position of Candidate Building Valuer, is accused of embezzling a massive R40-million for personal gain.
The money was accrued by devaluing building prices in the heart of Johannesburg, say police.
“The continuous efforts in rooting out corruption in government are yielding good results,” says Gauteng Haws boss Major General Prince Mokotedi. “These arrests should serve as a stern warning to those who are mistaken in thinking that they are invincible and difficult to detect.”
Mokotedi is referring to a number of arrests in Johanneburg in recent times, with a total of nine people with links to the City of Johannesburg now having been arrested.
The Hawks suspect that this senior manager may have been part of a larger syndicate. “It is believed that the suspect is part of a syndicate. The investigations are at an advanced stage and more arrests are imminent,” says the elite police unit.