Man arrested for fraud of R4.7m meant for Gugulethu upgrades

The Hawks have arrested a man for fraud
Fraud The Hawks have arrested a man for fraud
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The Hawks have arrested a 65-year-old man for fraud of more than R4.7m. The cash was meant for building upgrades in Cape Town.

Capt Philani Nkwalase said the department of arts and culture allocated funds for the upgrading of the Ray Alexander Simons Memory Centre buildings in Gugulethu.

Nkwalase said more than R13m was approved as financial assistance for the project, but an amount of R6.8m was paid to Elgablox to kick-start the renovations.

The former project manager at Elgablox allegedly misused the funds by making transfers to people and entities that were not related to the upgrading of the buildings, Nkwalase said.

The transactions were made between March 23 and May 2 2014.

The man was arrested in East London, Eastern Cape, on Monday.

He is expected to appear in the specialised commercial crimes court in Bellville on October 25. 

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