A Nelson Mandela Bay ward councillor from the African National Congress, Bongo Nombiba, has been sentenced to five years’ jail time by the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday.
This follows Nombiba, 43, being found guilty of fraud and money laundering in March.
Magistrate Johannes Claassen handed down a seven year sentence, of which three years were suspended, for fraud, and another three years, two of which were to run concurrently with the fraud sentence, for the money laundering count.
This led to an effective five years in jail.
Claassen also ruled that Nombiba was unfit to possess a firearm licence.
Claassen said the offences were very serious. He said in the case of police officers convicted of a similar offence, involving amounts over R10 000, the minimum recommended sentence was a 15 year jail term.
He said it was clear Nombiba had shown no remorse for his actions, and while he had the right to plead not guilty, he had gone further by trying to make out that the witnesses against him were liars.
Following his sentence, Nombiba’s girlfriend, who was in court, broke down in tears.
Nombiba was arrested by the Hawks in 2016 for defrauding the municipality of R20 000, which was meant for the Thulamangwane Community Project, a non-government organisation which cares for the elderly and cleans schools in the community.
Claassen found Nombiba guilty of fraud and money laundering, but not guilty of two counts of corruption,