No bail for Zululand man accused of R4?m fraud

2012-05-14 00:00

A 31-YEAR-old man who defrauded the Zululand Municipality of more than R4 million was refused bail by the Empangeni Magistrate court on Friday.

Khulani Nkosiyapha Mngadi was arrested in April for fraudulently billing the municipality for services he never rendered between January and February this year.

It is alleged that he would make false claims to the municipality for services supposedly rendered to the municipal water project.

He was almost able to get away with this by having a company registered in the municipal database, although it never carried out any work for the council.

Bail was denied on the basis that he had lied to the court by failing to disclose that he had a warrant of arrest issued against him for another case. He is also considered a flight risk.

It appeared that he was previously convicted for theft and a warrant of arrest was issued against him for an armed robbery case dating back to 2004,

It seems police were still looking for him in connection with this case.

Investigating officer captain Muzi Buthelezi said if freed, Mngadi might intimidate witnesses.

He added that Mngadi lied to the court claiming that the robbery case against him had been withdrawn.

Zululand mayor Zanele Magwaza- Msibi said she was shocked to learn that money was stolen from her municipality.

“I was shocked when I discovered that cheques to the value of about R4 million belonging to the Zululand District Municipality had been stolen and cashed. It is unthinkable that money would be stolen right from under my nose,” said Magwaza-Msibi.

Mngadi’s lawyer, advocate Louis Barnard said he wanted his client freed as he was a parent and helped his mother run a co-operative.

Municipal spokesperson Skhumbuzo Miya said Zululand wanted the case processed soon so that people convicted could pay back the money.

Mngadi will be back in court tomorrow, May 15.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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