4 accused of fleecing DePT OF justice

TWO company executives and two public servants have been arrested for allegedly defrauding the department of justice in Limpopo of more than R1million for services not rendered.

Members of the police's commercial crimes unit arrested the group on Sunday after intensive investigations.

Provincial police spokesperson Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba said yesterday preliminary investigations had revealed the transactions were made between March last year and March this year.

He said the four were charged with defrauding the department of more than R1,6million by charging for work it had not done..

"To be precise, the arrested suspects have been linked to the disappearance of R1655626,50 from the department for services not rendered," Superintendent Ramatseba said.

He said KTKX Technologies was awarded a contract by the department to install software and cabling at various courts around the province.

The services were never rendered but the company allegedly submitted false claims between March last year and March this year

Payments amounting to R1655626,50 were allegedly made to the company.

Ramatseba said the money was electronically paid to KTKX Technologies.

It is alleged that Silas Setati, 44, and James Netshiozwi, 56, both employees of the department, made the transactions with Ally Nobela and Khanyisa Shirindi, a director and assistant director, respectively, of KTKX.

The four appeared in the Polokwane magistrate's court yesterday on charges of fraud.

Their case was postponed to November 30.

They were granted bail of R10000 each while police investigations are continuing.

"The action must surely send a strong message to would-be fraudsters that we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that no fraudulent activities takes place in any institution in the province," Ramatseba said.

He also called on those who might have additional information about the transactions to come forward.