South African mayor held over Mandela memorial funds fraud

JOHANNESBURG: A South African mayor and two other local officials were arrested on Monday over alleged abuse of state funds meant for Nelson Mandela’s memorial, according to police and government officials.
Southeastern Buffalo City Metro mayor Zukiswa Ncitha, his deputy Temba Tinta and council speaker Luleka-Simon Ndzele were arrested and then later released on bail, they said. A spokesman for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party said up to five of its representatives, including a senior party official, had also been taken into custody.
“The arrests are in relation to the Nelson Mandela memorial saga, which is currently under investigation,” the department of local government said in a statement. A spokesman for an elite unit of South Africa’s police, Paul Ramaloko, told AFP the trio are facing charges of “fraud, corruption and money laundering” surrounding the transport of mourners to Mandela’s memorial.

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