Cape Town – A husband, wife and father-in-law appeared at the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court on six counts of personal protective equipment (PPE) fraud amounting to over R6.8 million.
Nachy Britz, 29, her husband Gerhardus Albertus Britz, 32 and Nachy’s father, Hendrick Jaap Grimbeek, 58, were arrested by the Hawks on Thursday.
Western Cape Hawks spokesperson, Zinzi Hani said it is alleged that between October 2020 and May 2021, Nachy and her family members conspired to defraud the complainant of an amount of R6.8 million.
“It is alleged that Nachy fraudulently misled the complainant to purchase PPE, indicating that she is a legitimate supplier of PPE. The complainant made payment, but never received the equipment as promised.” said Hani.
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Nachy was released on bail of R50 000 while Gerhardus and Grimbeek were each released on R20 000 bail.
The case was postponed to June 6 for further investigation.
In a separate incident, on Friday a contractor employee at Eskom’s Matla Power Station was arrested for fraud of over R14 million.
The arrest follows allegations that the supplier was awarded an order for the supply of Bowl Pumps and received a down payment of R14.7 million upfront without goods being delivered, causing the utility financial loss as a consequence.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe