Mayor of Buffalo City arrested

The Hawks have arrested Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha, her deputy and the council’s speaker.

Buffalo City Municipality Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha was arrested on 23 June 2014.

JOHANNESBURG - Buffalo City Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha, her deputy and the speaker have been arrested by the Hawks on Monday.

They stand accused of fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Local Government and Traditional Affairs Department spokesperson Mamnkeli Ngam says the officials were implicated in a scandal involving money allocated to the memorial services for former president Nelson Mandela.

The funeral took place in December last year.

"During the passing on of the former president, the council allocated R10 million towards memorial activities. [The Hawks] questioned what some of the money was used for."

It is alleged that politically connected entrepreneurs cashed in on Mandela's funeral.

The arrests form part of a Hawks investigation into the matter.

The three officials were told to hand themselves over to police in East London.

Three others are also said to be implicated in the scandal.

Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko says the suspects will appear in the magistrates court soon.

"More details will follow after their court appearance."

The African National Congress (ANC)'s Regional Secretary in the municipality is said to be at the centre of the scandal.

He reportedly engineered the movement of funds into various bank accounts.