Wednesday, October 21, 2020

South African national arrested over CMS fraud case

Botswana is still looking for five South African nationals allegedly implicated in the multi-million pula fraud case at the Central Medical Stores (CMS), which is under the Ministry of Health, a few years ago.

One of the suspects, who had been on the run for three years, was arrested last week while the other suspects are still believed to be hiding somewhere in South Africa.

The arrested suspect, Paul Mthabela, was recently arrested in South Africa through intelligence information that was forwarded to the South African Police Service.

Mthabela was reportedly granted bail last Thursday by a South African magistrate court.

The case prosecutor, Merapolo Mokgosi, of Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), confirmed the arrest to The Telegraph.

“Yes; it true that Paul Mthabela, a South African national, was arrested in his home country last week,” said the prosecutor.

She said Botswana is on a manhunt for the remaining 4 suspects who are all South African nationals.
“We are hopeful that we will get them as we have done with Mthabela,” adding that the DPP is busy filing extradition papers so that Mthabela can be sent to Botswana to stand trial.

Currently, Thabo Lekwae is the only suspect who is on trial while the other eight suspects have been convicted. Five were recently sentenced to between three and eight years in prison and the other three were acquitted by High Court judge Lot Moroka.

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