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KWAZULU-NATAL – A Road Accident Fund (RAF) official, Nobuhle Abigail Magwaza (40), who is a claims and legal officer, made her first appearance in Durban Magistrates court on Friday (07 February 2020) and faces charges of corruption after being apprehended by the Hawks’ Durban Serious Corruption Investigation team, for soliciting and receiving a gratification.

The accused allegedly solicited a R500 000 gratification of which she requested R50 000 to be paid in cash whilst the balance of R450 000 was to be deposited into the official’s personal account, the details of which were given to the complainant.

The official solicited the bribe from the claimant so that she can fast track the processing and authorisation of a R2.7 million claim which was due to the claimant. An undercover operation was conducted by members of the Hawks Durban Serious Corruption Investigation team and the suspect was immediately arrested after she received the R50 000 in cash.

The case has been remanded to 3 April 2020 for further investigation whilst Magwaza has been granted R5000 bail.