Former municipal manager arrested for fraud

MPUMALANGA – The former municipal manager of Nkomazi Local Municipality at Malelane, Muzi Daniel Ngwenya (55) was arrested by the Nelspruit based Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation for fraud, theft and contravening the Municipal Finance Management Act on Friday, 28 October 2022.

The arrest followed after an investigation was carried by the Hawks where it was established that during December 2021, the suspect bought a pre-owned Mercedes Benz from a vehicle dealership in Bedfordview, Johannesburg using the municipality funds. He reportedly registered the vehicle on his name, prejudicing the municipality an actual loss of R900 000-00.

The suspect appeared before the Tonga Magistrates’ Court on 28 October 2022 and he was granted R10 000-00 bail. The case was postponed to 25 January 2022 for further investigation.

Source: South African Police Service