Nelson Mandela Bay ward councillor arrested for fraud

The Hawks said they arrested the 41-year-old on Monday.

A Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality ward councillor has been arrested by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) for fraud and corruption.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Anelisa Feni said 41-year-old Bongo Brian Nombiba was arrested on Monday by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime unit.

According to police, Nombiba appeared before the Port Elizabeth Specialised Commercial Crimes court on the same day.

“It is alleged that during 2014, Nombiba assisted a nongovernmental organisation (NGO) based in KwaZakhele, Port Elizabeth, to acquire a donation valued at an undisclosed amount from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

“After the NGO was awarded with this amount, he allegedly, fraudulently, claimed a portion of the amount from the NGO.”

Feni said that Nombiba was released on warning by the court, and his next court appearance would be on January 26, 2017.

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