Johannesburg – The Hawks in Limpopo have seized a vehicle worth R1.4million in Mokopane as part of an ongoing investigation into allegation of corruption in the Mogalakwena Municipality.
The serious corruption investigation unit descended on a municipal official’s home on Tuesday morning and seized the luxury Mercedes-Benz, police captain Matimba Maluleke said.
The Hawks’ priority crime specialised investigation unit (asset forfeiture) successfully obtained a court preservation order on September 30 to seize the vehicle, he said.
Investigations are still continuing.
“This comes in the wake of a 2018 investigation after the Hawks received information that businesspeople allegedly deposited money into a vehicle dealership’s account for the official to purchase a vehicle of his choice as a gratification,” Maluleke said.
“It is alleged between 2017 and 2019, different companies were awarded tenders worth more than R50m by the municipality.”