Community members collect water from a Jojo tank. File picture: Sibusiso Ndlovu/ANA

Port Elizabeth - A 37-year-old man appeared in the Zwelitsha Magistrate's Court on charges of fraud, theft and money laundering, allegedly for failing to deliver Jojo tanks to a rural area in the Eastern Cape, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (better known as the Hawks) said on Friday. 

Hawks spokesperson, Captain Anelisa Feni, said Mziyanda Mahlathi appeared in court on Thursday following his arrest by the Serious Corruption Unit of the Hawks. 

According to Feni, Mahlathi was contracted in 2012 by the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform to deliver 70 Jojo tanks from Peddie to Mahlahlane Administration Area in the Butterworth area. 

Feni said it was alleged that he failed to follow procedure as he did not inform the department that he delivered the tanks. 

"It is further alleged that Mahlathi then submitted a fraudulent invoice claiming R60 000 for the service he claims he had rendered. Investigations reveal that he never delivered the tanks," she said. 

Mahlathi was released on bail of R2 000. 

The case against him was postponed to November 3.