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Free State corruption accused granted bail as further swoops are made in KwaZulu-Natal

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) is wanting to make more captures with respect to the R255-million supposedly cheated from the Free State government through an unpredictable asbestos review bargain as specialists keep on acting this week on a scope of prominent defilement claims. 

Seven respondents were delivered on bail, going somewhere in the range of R50,000 and R500,000, in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Friday after they were accused of more than 60 tallies of misrepresentation, robbery, debasement and illegal tax avoidance comparable to a sporadic agreement granted in 2014 to organizations Blackhead Consulting and Diamond Hill Trading. 

In the dock were: Blackhead supervisor Edwin Sodi, Free State human settlements office head Nthimotse Mokhesi, financial specialist Sello Radebe, previous chief general of the public division of human settlements Thabane Zulu, previous commonplace human settlements MEC Sarah "Olly" Mlamleli, Free State human settlements gracefully chain administrator chief Mahlamola Matlakela and finance manager Abel Manyeki. 

The organizations, entrusted with distinguishing and eliminating asbestos from houses across Free State, just performed work worth R21-million while being paid R230-million. 

Sodi has gone to court to guarantee another R25-million. The State Capture Inquiry has heard how Free State occupants keep on living in homes with the risky asbestos filaments. 

"The acquirement cycle was done in a false and degenerate way. Moreover, certain public authorities got satisfaction from the organization and additionally an individual adding up to a few checks of defilement including more than R2-million," said NPA representative Sipho Ngwema in an announcement. 

As indicated by reports, protestors — supporting or censuring the charged — showed outside the court. A few allies guaranteed the charges against Mlamleli were politically persuaded.

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Abel Manyeki. Edwin Sodi Free State Mahlamola Matlakela Nthimotse Mokhesi

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