Eastern Cape Health MEC, Sindiswa Gomba and eleven other defendants were released on bail after briefly appearing on corruption, money laundering, fraud and violation of the municipality's financial management bill related to the Nelson Mandela funeral scandal in Buffalo City in 2013 .
Eleven were released on the condition that they handed over their passports to an investigating officer; do not commit any other crime while you are on bail; not communicate with witnesses; and must report to the investigating officer by phone every Sunday.
It is suspected that after the death of South African icon and former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on December 5, 2013, the accused devised a BCM extortion plan of R10 million. Although they had successfully handed R 5.9 million, the administrator of the municipality Andile Fani withheld further a payment of R 4.1 million. On December 6, 2013, before BCM had the opportunity to officially consider purchasing funeral services, Mkolo agreed with the service provider, Mzwandile Sokwali of Victory Ticket 750 CC, that it would make an inflated bid to transport mourners to various destinations.
It is alleged that BCM officials acted with the collective purpose of deceiving and manipulating municipal procurement processes through illegal derogations in order to ensure the designation of a Victory Ticket.
Moreover, Nkuhlu, Mati and her company, Mpidos, received profits from illegal activities as agreed between Mkolo and Sokwali.
In December 2014, Sokwali and his company, Victory Ticket, pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering after settling the allegations and convictions with the state. The accused were released on condition that they submitted their passports to the investigating office; must not commit any other offense while on bail; cannot communicate with witnesses; and must report to the investigating officer by phone every Sunday.
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