South Africa’s ruling party councillor Bongo Nombiba started began serving a 5-year jail term at St Albans Prison in Port Elizabeth on Monday, 1 July 2019.
The ANC Nelson Mandela Bay Ward 20 Councillor was arrested by the Hawks in 2016 for defrauding the municipality of R20 000 which was meant for the Thulamangwane Community Project, an NGO that cares for the elderly.
In March 2018, he was subsequently found guilty of fraud and money laundering by Magistrate Johannes Claassen in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court.
Nombiba lost his last bid to stay out of jail when the Constitutional Court last month turned down his application for leave to appeal on his conviction and sentence.
The Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court was told that Nombiba had facilitated a donation from the Ward 20 municipal discretionary fund to the Thulamangwane Community Project.
Nombiba then instructed the project group to put the request for a donation in writing, but to not say how much money it was asking for.
On November 4 2014, the funds were paid by the municipality into the NGO’s Standard Bank account.
Two days later, Nombiba told Thulamangwane’s management that the request had been approved and then convinced two of its members to withdraw R7,000 and R13,000 to be handed over to him.
A by-election will be held in the next 3-months to replace the former Nelson Mandela Bay Ward 20 Councillor.