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Forensic investigator who allegedly demanded R200,000.00 bribe from suspended Ministry of Health Chief Procurement Officer arrested in South Africa for accepting a bribe to leak Manicipality report.

Thursday, 14th December, 2023

MBABANE:Charles Mberikwazvo Kwezera,the Forensic Investigator who was engaged and subsequently fired by the eSwatini health crisis investigating company Funduzi Forensic Services,for allegedly demanding two hundred thousand Rands(R200,000.00) bribe from suspended Ministry of Health Chief Procurement Officer Sincedile Dlamini,has been arrested in South Africa.

IOL News reported that,the Gauteng forensic analyst was arrested by the Hawks,he appeared before Mpumalanga Court on Wednesday for allegedly taking a bribe and leaking a report into Mpumalanga municipal maladministration.

It has been reported that during an investigation,the Hawks said it was able to establish that the forensic analyst had received more than eight thousand Rands(R8,000.00)from Edwin Mphikeleli Sibiya. 

The eMalahleni Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga released the forty-seven(47)-year-old Charles Mberikwazvo Kwezera on five thousand Rands(R5,000.00) bail, Hawks Mpumalanga Spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi confirmed the arrest and that Kwereza appeared in court on charges of corruption.

On another note, Kwereza almost halted an investigation into the health crisis in eSwatini after being accused of demanding two hundred thousand bribe(R200,000.00) from Sincendile Dlamini,the Chief Procurement Officer in the Ministry of Health.

Dlamini subsequently ran to court,demanding that the investigation must be halted as it was not credible after the investigator demanded the bribe but, the Directors of Funduzi Forensic Services responded by removing Kwereza and the investigation continued upon approval by Cabinet.

It has been disclosed that,Kwereza escaped criminal charges in eSwatini after Sincendile Dlamini failed to open a criminal case against him despite the fact that, Funduzi Forensic Services had arranged that, he must not leave eSwatini pending the opening of criminal case by Sincendile Dlamini.

On the Mpumalanga investigation,Kwereza was engaged by AFIS investigation company.

Forensic investigator who allegedly demanded R200,000.00 bribe from suspended Ministry of Health Chief Procurement Officer arrested in South Africa for accepting a bribe to leak Manicipality report.
Charles Kwereza(pic: Hawks).