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PRETORIA – Naaym Hardien (44) appeared at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in the Pretoria, facing charges of fraud exceeding R60 million.

He was arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team shortly before his court appetence on Friday. It is alleged that during the period between November 2009 to June 2014 Sedibeng had suffered a multimillion loss connected to the fraudulent invoices that were paid for stock that was never delivered at their warehouse.

Hardien was employed by Sedibeng Breweries as the Materials Planner and had the responsibility to place plastic shrink wrap orders and to receive the goods as ordered on the Systems Applications and Products in Data processing (SAP).

The revelation of the fraudulent activities surfaced in 2014 when the Financial Director noticed that the costs of manufacturing was extremely high, subsequently an internal review was conducted between May 2014 and June 2014.

Hardien was allegedly linked to the fraudulent delivery notes as well as processing of information through the SAP system used by the company. The case against Hardien was postponed to the 27 November 2020, for legal aid, whilst he was released on R3000 bail. More arrests are imminent as the investigation continues.