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FREE STATE – The accused Ishmael Mongezi Fihla (43) appeared before the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court yesterday, 03 January 2022 where he faced charges of fraud, corruption and extortion.

This comes after the victim approached the offices of the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation in Bloemfontein and reported that Fihla had promised to secure a job for him at the local municipality in Bloemfontein in exchange for money.

Fihla was arrested in a sting operation on Friday, 31 August 2021 after R3000 in cash was recovered from his possession. The case against Fihla has been remanded to Monday, 10 January 2022 for a formal bail application.