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Alleged R10m Rubbish Bag Fraud

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Mnquma municipal manager Sindile Tantsi is due to appear in court today after his sudden arrest yesterday on allegations of fraud and corruption amounting to millions of rands.

Not even his heavily-armed bodyguards could protect him from a group of Hawks officers when they picked him up on the N2 near Mthatha yesterday.

He was served with both an arrest and search warrant.

National Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the outspoken municipal manager was arrested by members of a special task team formed by the Hawks in Pretoria.

The task team was established to investigate what the Hawks termed as “worsening corruption” in three Eastern Cape municipalities, including Mnquma.

Tantsi will appear in the Butterworth Magistrate’s Court this morning. He spent last night in custody after his lawyer failed to secure his release.

Although details of his alleged crimes will be revealed in court, when the municipal manager applies for bail, the Daily Dispatch has been informed reliably that Tantsi’s arrest relates to a R10-million tender Mnquma issued two years ago and subsequent kickbacks…

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