Mandela v Gomba funeral fraud case, 13 others postponed to January 2022

Along with 13 other people, MEC Sindiswa Gomba of Eastern Cape Health is charged with fraud, money laundering, contravention of municipal financial administration law and corruption.

FILE: Former Eastern Cape Health MEC Sidiswa Gomba. Photo: @ healthecmec / Twitter

CAPE TOWN – Axed Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has made his first appearance in the High Court in East London in connection with questionable agreements surrounding the funeral of former President Nelson Mandela.

Along with 13 other people, she is accused of fraud, money laundering, contravention of the law on the management of municipal finances and corruption.

Wednesday’s appearance before the High Court comes after several postponements to the regional court.

The charges against Gomba and his co-defendants relate to the purchase of service providers by the Metropolitan Municipality of Buffalo City.

The questionable contracts involved transportation and venue reservations related to Mandela’s memorial service and funeral preparations in 2013 and 2014.

The alleged fraudulent allegations amount to around R10 million.

The accused are accused of trying to mislead the city council into accepting that it was responsible for transporting mourners to various places where memorial services were to take place.

The High Court in East London has postponed the case until January 19 for plea proceedings.

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