Access probe: laptops stolen from municipal director’s office
A municipal official who submitted a statement to the police bolstering a fraud probe into the official operators of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium became the second person to have her office broken into just days after the Hawks swooped on Access Management.
The office on the 12th floor of the Mfanasekhaya Gqobose Building, belonging to director of expenditure management and financial control, Barbara de Scande, was broken into and two laptops stolen.
This followed a similar break-in at the business premises of whistleblower Kobus Gerber, of AfriForum.
De Scande and Gerber’s statements were used by the Hawks to obtain a warrant to raid Access’s offices on September 1.
Computers and files belonging to Access director Rian Oberholzer and employee Chantal du Pisani were confiscated in the process.
While computers were stolen from Gerber’s North End offices late that night, it was discovered on Monday last week that De Scande’s office was also broken into during the course of the weekend.
Investigating officer Captain Henk Fourie’s affidavit to the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on the morning of September 1 – based on the evidence of Gerber and De Scande – convinced magistrate Gavin Juicy to issue the Hawks with a warrant to search and seize.
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