Bogus Free State officials jailed for swindling
developers into fake RDP contracts

Bogus Free State officials jailed for swindling developers into fake RDP contracts

Two bogus officials have been jailed for issuing fake RDP development contracts.

Two bogus officials have been jailed for issuing fake RDP development contracts.

Two bogus
government officials were on Monday sentenced in the Harrismith Magistrate’s
Court for issuing fake RDP housing contracts to developers. In the process,
developers lost over R500 000.

Sabata
James Ramalitse, 59, and Rathebe Samson Raboteng, 42, posed as government
officials and issued fake RDP building contracts to developers in the eastern
Free State 12 years ago, said Hawks spokesperson Warrant Officer Lynda Steyn.

The Hawks’
Serious Commercial Crime investigation revealed that, from 1 September 2008 to
30 July 2010, the pair pretended to be government officials. They then
approached developers and offered them contracts to erect RDP houses in Harrismith,
Phuthaditjhaba, Kestell and Bethlehem after they convinced them to pay a cash
administration fee in order to qualify.

It was
later discovered that these contracts never existed, which resulted in the
developers losing more than R500 000.

The two
were arrested on 27 July 2010, and consequently made several appearances in the
Harrismith Magistrate’s Court, resulting in their conviction on four counts of
fraud in March last year.

The court
on Monday sentenced Ramalitse to 14 years’ imprisonment, while Raboteng was
sentenced to eight years.

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