The former North West finance MEC Wendy Nelson have been arrested on fraud charges. The arrest made by the Hawks was made known to the media through its spokes person Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso.

Nelson was however granted bail of 20 000 rands, after appearing at the Mmabatho regional court in the provincial capital, Mafikeng. A short video circulation on social media showed Nelson behind the dock.

Rikhotso explained that Nelson, a close ally of former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, was arrested “following investigations into allegations pertaining to an irregular appointment of a senior official in the Health Department during 2014”.

Supra Mahumapelo as at last year may appointed Nelson as the acting premier, when he took a leave of absence as premier during the height of violent protests that eventually collapsed his administration.

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