Two accountants have been suspended by a Limpopo district municipality for allegedly defrauding the municipality of at least R14,5million.
The Capricorn municipality in Polokwane has suspended Bethuel Moeti and Phetole Hendrick Mamorobela, who are employed in the finance department of the municipality.
Mamorobela was suspended yesterday after an audit connected him with the illegal transfer of R5,5million into the private bank accounts of two businessmen.
Another municipal accountant, Bethuel Moeti, was suspended in November last year after the forensic audit linked him with the disappearance of R9million.
Mamorobela was arrested on Saturday with two businessmen in Mokopane.
The businessmen are Wilson Malesela Ledwaba, 55, and Daniel Seunane, 28.
Seunane and Ledwaba were arrested at a bank in Mokopane when they tried to withdraw the transferred money.
Police spokesman Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba said the alleged fraudsters, including Mamorobela, appeared in the Polokwane magistrate's court on Monday on charges of fraud.
They are out on a bail of R2000 each and their case will be heard again on April 11.
Police received a tip-off from a bank manager who became suspicious when one of the businessmen attempted to obtain a bank guaranteed cheque for R1million.
This raised the eyebrows of the bank manager, who called the municipality for an explanation.
"The businessman's request was rejected by the bank manager, who suspected there was foul play,' said Ramatseba.
He said an amount of R50000 was later withdrawn in Mokopane from one of the businessmen's bank accounts.
A further attempt to withdraw R70000 the following day was rejected.
The suspects were arrested while trying to withdraw R500 at the bank," said Ramatseba.
Capricorn District municipality manager, Meriam Molala, said they had appointed Gobodo Accounting Firm to deal with fraudsters