EKURHULENI MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED R1 MILLION THEFT

GAUTENG – Two Ekurhuleni Municipality finance officials appeared briefly at the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court today for alleged theft.
The suspects, Zandile Mndebele (38) who is a cashier and her supervisor Felicia Hlabana (43) were arrested on Thursday by the Hawks’ Germiston Serious Commercial Crime Unit after they were alleged to have allegedly appropriated more than R1million from the municipal account.
It is alleged that the two, colluded since October 2017 and allegedly embezzled almost R1 million, money from the municipal customers meant to settle their rates and taxes. The two would continuously and falsely balance the municipal account books however pocket the money for themselves. The matter was reported to the Hawks which ultimately led to their arrest.
Hlabana was slapped with R10 000 bail whilst Mndebele was also granted R5 000 bail. Both suspects are expected at the same court again on 07 June this year. Investigations continue.