Polokwane ward councillor nabbed for corruption

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Hawks have arrested a 35-year-old Polokwane municipality ward councillor for alleged corruption.

The suspect was arrested on Tuesday after the Hawks received a tip-off about the suspect, who was allegedly soliciting bribes from job seekers. 

“A trap was set at the municipal offices and the suspect was then nabbed after she received a R2 000 bribe from an undercover member,” provincial Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said on Wednesday.

The suspect is expected to appear at the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court soon.

Meanwhile, Irene Pienaar, 55, appeared briefly at the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court today facing 91 counts of fraud. She was granted R2 000 bail with strict court conditions. 

Between 2014 and 2016, Pienaar was employed by Johan Steyn Attorneys as a financial administrator. The company noticed irregularities on its finances after conducting a financial audit.

The suspect will appear again at the same court on 7 December. – SAnews.gov.za

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