R100 000 bail for fraud and corruption accussed

Western Cape - Alfred Bere (36), appeared on Wednesday at the Cape Town Regional Court on charges of fraud and corruption to the total value exceeding R25 million.

Bere, attached to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), tasked with the role of overseeing donated funds, allegedly misused the funds for personal gain.

The funds were donated from the United States of America, meant to be redistributed to deserving None Profit Organisation (NGO) to fight the spread of diseases by providing health care services to key groups and individuals.

It is further alleged that funds were injected to one deserving NGO, which was later coerced to take up another separate NGO as a subsidiary. The funds from the subsidiary was allegedly used for personal gain and further transferred to personal account.

Bere was arrested at the Beitbridge border post whilst allegedly on his was to neighbouring Zimbabwe on 24 August, following a warrant of arrest issued against him. He was later transferred to Cape Town Court.

His arrest was as a result of diligent investigation by the Hawks through two search and seizure operation conducted in October 2017 and August 2018 respectively.

Bere was granted R100 000 bail with stringent conditions and is expected to be back at Regional Court in Cape Town on 13 December 2018. More arrests cannot be ruled out as investigation continues.

Source: South African Police Service