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By: Otto Ngoveni

A 35-year-old Polokwane municipality ward councillor has been arrested by the Limpopo Hawks Serious Corruption Unit for alleged corruption.

The suspect was arrested on Tuesday (31/10/2017) after the Hawks received a tip off about the suspect who was allegedly soliciting bribes from job seekers.

The Hawks provincial spokesperson, Captain Matimba Maluleke said a trap was set at the municipal offices and the suspect was then nabbed after she received a R2000 bribe from an undercover member.

“The suspect is expected to appear at the Polokwane Magistrate Court soon.” Said Maluleke.

Meanwhile, Irene Pienaar (55) appeared briefly at the Tzaneen Magistrate Court on the very same Tuesday, facing 91 counts of fraud.

She was granted R2000 bail with strict court conditions, between 2014 and 2016, Pienaar was employed by Johan Steyn Attorneys as a financial administrator.

“The company noticed irregularities on its finances after conducting financial audit.” Added Maluleke.
The matter was reported to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime unit for investigation which led to the arrest of the suspect after it was established that she allegedly transferred monies paid by clients into her personal bank account.

The suspect will appear again at the same court on 7 December 2017.