Cogta employee defrauds department with friend’s company

Three accused appeared at the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court for Fraud and Contravention of the Public Finance Management Act yesterday.

COGTA’s Deputy Director of Disaster Management, Raymond Manzini, Chris Manzini and Moses Ndlovu of Zalabantu Estate Trust appeared before were arrested by the Hawks’.

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Their arrest follows an investigation to a tender which was advertised by the Department of Cogta for the supply of Personal Protective Equipments. During the tendering process, Raymond Manzini influenced the appointment of his friend’s company, Zalabantu Estate Trust, owned by Moses Ndlovu.

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“After the appointment, Ndlovu did not have the resources to supply the PPEs was financially assisted by Manzini. After the delivery of the items, he invoiced the Department and repaid Manzini. He deposited R6 million into Manzini’s younger brother, Chris Manzini’s account. The investigation linked the four, and the Hawks brought the matter before the court,” read the statement.

The court granted the four accused bail of R15 000 each. The case was postponed to July 28, 2022 for further investigation. Additional arrests are eminent.

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