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durbanDaily News reports that three senior eThekwini municipality staff members were arrested and released on bail on Thursday in connection with the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) recruitment process.  

The Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations) arrested six suspects in total for fraud and corruption activities at the eThekwini Municipality.  "It is alleged that officials at the Municipality and their runners conspired and misrepresented members of the public in 2017 that they had secured an EPWP tender at the municipality and promised them jobs.  Individuals were recruited and instructed to open bank accounts which were kept by the suspects," Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi explained.  All the so-called workers were paid once-off stipends after the money was deposited into their accounts.  The trio appeared on Thursday at the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court for fraud and money laundering and were granted bail.  They are expected to appear in court in February 2019.

  • Read Zainul Dawood’s report on this story in full at Daily News

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