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Port Elizabeth - An Eastern Cape businessman is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crime court later this week on charges of fraud and uttering amounting to R24 million.

Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) spokesperson Captain Anelisa Feni said the 43-year-old businessman will appear on Friday.

"It is alleged that between October and December 2009 the suspect submitted fraudulent tax certificates and false referral letters to the Eastern Cape Department of Education so that the department could award him with a tender worth R24 million," Feni said..

The Anti-Corruption Task Team of the Hawks started investigating the alleged fraud in February 2013.