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Fraud-accused doctor back in court

2012-02-28 14:28

Pretoria - The trial of a doctor accused of defrauding the Compensation Fund was postponed until May 22 by the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday.

The court heard that Tebogo Ephraim Kaeletsa had succeeded in raising the money to pay for his legal representation.

He is charged with defrauding the fund out of R700 000.

In a previous appearance, Kaeletsa's lawyer Samuel Molele asked the court to postpone the matter as the doctor had not paid him due to "cash flow problems".

Magistrate Dawie Jacobs extended Kaeletsa's bail of R5 000.

Kaeletsa, who practised in Pampierstad in the Northern Cape, was arrested in August 2010 on two counts of fraud.

He allegedly made two "illegal" claims to the Compensation Fund and received payment.

The department of labour alleged that Kaeletsa submitted forms for patients he claimed to have treated but had not.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity run by the labour department. Its duty is to cover the payment of employees who are injured or fall ill from diseases contracted at work.

The fund also covers death as a result of these injuries or diseases.