NORTHERN CAPE- Theodor Robert Williams (48), a Technical Assistant working under the Control Building Structure Department at Sol Plaatje Municipality was granted a bail of R2500 by the Kimberley Magistrates Court when he appeared on Thursday, 2 February 2017.

Wiliams was arrested by the Hawks on Wednesday for fraudulent activities that involved about ten (10) victims who allegedly approached the Sol Plaatje Municipality and made payments for both approval and drawing of new house plans or redraw plans for existing buildings. Different amounts were allegedly paid to the person believed to be responsible for the processes but no services rendered in terms of drawing and approval of the house plans.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect had a previous 3 years theft conviction prior to his appointment at the municipality. This incident was allegedly not disclosed during his appointment in January 2008. This has now formed part of Hawks’ investigation as it could have influenced his appointment. The estimated value of the fraudulent acts combined with the salary gained during the period of his employment exceeds R2.2 Million.

The matter was remanded to the 24 February 2017.