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Mpumalanga police arrested 11 people, including two former government employees, in pre-dawn raids yesterday in Gauteng and Mpumalanga.
They are all accused of defrauding the provincial government by claiming more than R2million for services never rendered.
The four men and seven women were arrested at about 3am in an operation that also involved members of the Asset Forfeiture Unit, who documented items in the six expensively furnished houses in KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga, Bronkhorstspruit in Gauteng, Crystal Park, Daveyton and Geduld in Springs, Ekurhuleni.
The suspects later appeared in the KwaMhlanga magistrate's court on charges of fraud and theft. Nine were each granted R10000 bail, while two others were released on R40000 bail each.
Among those arrested were the former deputy director of Mpumalanga's department of agriculture, Dingiswayo Daniel Matshika, 48, and former assistant director forexpenditure Vuyo Ngele, 34.
The other accused are: Lebo Msiza, 36, the secretary of the KwaMhlanga district manager; Ngele's wife Prudence, 33; Pastor Noah Makobe, 62, of Daveyton, and his wife Christina, 42; Dumisani Zimu, 46, of Crystal Park, and his wife Mavis, 34; Makgabo Mnguni, 41, of KwaMhlanga; Veronica Ngwenya, 44, of KwaMhlanga; and Agnes Mashudu Mathabathe, 48, of East Lynne, Pretoria.