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Fraud case against former mayor postponed

The 51-year-old is accused of unconstitutionally holding public office in the Tshwane metro and defrauding it of almost R1.5-million in the process.

The fraud case against former Tshwane mayor, Murunwa Makwarela has been postponed to May 17.

Makwarela (51) faces a schedule 5 offence and appeared briefly in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday.

He is accused of allegedly unconstitutionally holding public office in the Tshwane metro and defrauding the metro to the amount of just under R1.5-million, from November 6, 2021 to January 20, 2022.

NPA spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said the postponement was to allow Makwarela’s lawyers to consult their client on the case and sort out financial details.

Makwarela held public office in the Tshwane metro as councillor then council speaker and later mayor.

The court granted him R10 000 bail in April.

It is alleged Makwarela failed to declare his insolvency to the IEC or Tshwane which resulted in his serving as councillor then eventually mayor.

Before resigning as mayor on March 10, it is alleged Makwarela had submitted a falsified proof of insolvency rehabilitation to Tshwane city manager Johann Mettler.

Mettler had demanded the proof after being tipped off that Makwarela had been declared insolvent in 2016.

Makwarela, however, claimed that he had been rehabilitated and provided “proof of the rehabilitation notice”.

The authenticity of the notice was in doubt as the letterhead appeared to refer to a non-existent court and presiding judge.

Then-chief registrar of the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng division Pretoria, Tumelo Refilwe Ledwaba said that no rehabilitation order had ever been issued to Makwarela.

Tshwane Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said the matter was further referred to the Gauteng serious corruption investigation unit for further action.

“The team found that the rehabilitation certificate was disputed by the Pretoria High Court as having been issued by them. The accused was charged with two counts of fraud, resulting in his arrest.”

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