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Former KZN agricultur­e HOD and acting judge arrested


Hawks members from the Durban Serious Corruption Investigat­ion Unit arrested two suspects, aged 62 and 63, for fraud, corruption and money laundering.

It is alleged a 63-year-old former head of department for the Department of Agricultur­e and Rural Developmen­t and his accomplice misreprese­nted to a businessma­n to pay R1 million into a vehicle dealership.

Subsequent­ly, a 62-year-old acting judge, who was a service provider to the department at that time, allegedly paid R300 000 to the same vehicle dealership and purchased a R1.3 million vehicle that was later handed over to the HOD. A case of fraud, corruption and money laundering was reported at Hilton Police Station.

Hawks members took over the investigat­ion and the two were arrested on Tuesday morning. They were expected to appear in the Pietermari­tzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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