Defrauding the department of labour

By Drum Digital
30 March 2016

Sentencing proceedings in the trial of Maxwell Ramaphosa and Samuel Mfeleng who are accused of defrauding the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund of R2,1-million was postponed yesterday in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

By Ayanda Sitole

Sentencing proceedings in the trial of Maxwell Ramaphosa and Samuel Mfeleng who are accused of defrauding the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund of R2,1-million was postponed yesterday in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

Magistrate Fikile Ntlati postponed the matter and advised the State and the defense to meet and determine how the accused benefited from the fraud gains.

Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are facing 15 counts of fraud and 26 counts of money laundering. The accused are out on a bail of R3000 each.

Their trial started in 2010 when it was first heard in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court.

In a statement, the Department of Labour says former employees of the Department’s Compensation Fund were appearing in the matter with co-accused, Jurry Sehunoe, a physiotherapist operating from Rustenburg in the North West.

In October 2011 Sehunoe pleaded guilty in the matter, and was handed a five-year suspended sentence.

Mokgadi Pela, the Department’s spokesperson says Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are alleged to have collaborated with Sehunoe to defraud the workers’ Fund.

In another separate matter, the trial of Ramaphosa, Mfeleng and Kgabo Johanna Methi - who are accused of allegedly defrauding the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund of R476 150, 58 was also postponed yesterday in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court to 11 August 2016.

Ramaphosa, Mfeleng and Methi are out on a warning.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity under the administration of Department of Labour responsible to cover workers injured during work or who sustain diseases during the course of their occupation.

Sentencing for Maxwell Ramaphosa and Samuel Mfeleng has been postponed to 18 April 2016.

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