Cape Town bookkeeper to plead guilty

2013-05-17 20:53


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - A bookkeeper, who allegedly stole thousands of rands from the Jewish Community Centre (JCC), will plead guilty to a charge of theft later this month, the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court heard on Friday.

Bookkeeper Ashley Fataar, 47, from Wynberg in Cape Town, made his first appearance in the court before magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg.

His second appearance would be on 27 May.

Legal Aid attorney Hayley Lawrence told the court she had consulted with Fataar, and he would plead guilty at his next appearance.

She and prosecutor Denver Combrink would address the court on an appropriate sentence after Fataar had pleaded, she said.

According to the charge sheet, three different organisations were involved in the matter - a charity known as the United Jewish Campaign (UJC), the JCC, and the Bnoth Zion Association (BZA).


The BZA sponsored the UJC’s monthly rental, which was paid each month to Fataar as the JCC’s bookkeeper.

It was Fataar’s duty to deposit the money into the JCC’s bank account each month.

According to the charge sheet, the UJC asked Fataar in April last year what had happened to the month's rental.

Fataar said he had not yet banked the money, and it was in the safe in his office. When the safe was opened, there was no money.

Fataar then said it was in his desk drawer, but it was not there either.

An investigation found that rentals amounting to R144 000, between February 2009 and April 2012, had not been banked.

According to the charge sheet, the UJC is a non-profit organisation that raises funds for charitable organisations in the Cape Town Jewish community.

Read more on:    cape town

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.