Education official in court for extortion

2012-08-13 16:34

Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal education official appeared in the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court near Durban on Monday for allegedly threatening a teacher.

Annette Mfeka was not required to plead to the charges of corruption and extortion.

Prosecutor Anusha Govender told the court Mfeka worked as an administration clerk at the department's Truro House building in Durban.

She had processed an outstanding payment of R186 000 owed to a teacher.

When the teacher was paid, Mfeka demanded a portion of the money.

"When numerous requests failed, it is alleged that the accused began threatening the complainant," Govender said.

Police were called in and arranged a sting operation. Mfeka was arrested in central Durban on Friday, moments after the teacher handed her R30 000.

Govender said the State would oppose bail for Mfeka.

The matter was postponed to 17 August. Mfeka covered her head as she was escorted to and from the cells, preventing photographers from taking pictures of her.

Provincial education department head Nkosinathi Sishi, who attended the court case, said the teacher had feared for her life and told members of her church what was happening.

A member of the congregation then contacted the office of provincial Education MEC Senzo Mchunu.

The teacher, who was not named, received the back-pay for several years of work, as her qualifications had only recently been verified.

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