Last Travelgate accused admits guilt

2010-09-21 14:27
Cape Town - The last of the accused in the parliamentary travel voucher saga has pleaded guilty to fraud, and will forfeit almost R3.5m to the State.

Former Bathong Travel boss Mpho Lebelo appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, where Judge President John Hlophe made her plea agreement an order of court.

In terms of the agreement she was handed a seven-year jail sentence, suspended for three years on condition she was not convicted of fraud or theft during that period.

She would be under correctional supervision for three years, which effectively confines her to her Bloemfontein home except for work and church services.

She has also agreed not to oppose the forfeiture of R3.45m which the State says is “the profit of crime”.

Lebelo was the last of 37 accused - 31 MPs and six travel agents - brought before the courts over allegations that they abused parliamentary travel vouchers meant only for air travel by using them to fund accommodation and car hire.

All the other cases were also dealt with through plea agreements: None of them came to trial.

Remorseful


She was arrested in July 2004, and first appeared in the High Court in 2006.

Her plea agreement said the State accepted that the total amount “to which the accused was directly involved in the charges” was R10.6m.

It said Lebelo or her company had benefited to the tune of about R3.45m through commissions earned.

She had pretended voucher claims were valid, and submitted false claims to Parliament.

The agreement said she had shown remorse, and that her court appearances and media attention had caused her “severe embarrassment, social disgrace and humiliation”.

Prosecutor Razia Valli-Omar said after the hearing: “I’m glad it’s over.”

Some of the MPs who pleaded guilty have left Parliament, but a number of them, including defence portfolio committee chairman Nyami Booi, are still public representatives.

- SAPA
Read more on:    nyami booi  |  cape town  |  travelgate
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Road deaths on the rise

2014-12-22 23:39
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Five wrapping hacks you have to know before Christmas

Five gift wrapping hacks that will save Christmas for you!

 
 

I love summer.24

Sexiest Instagrams of 2014
Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!
Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off the bestselling books

Save big on the most captivating reads of 2014. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is hard to keep some sort of balance when the natural rhythm has flown out the window. The best thing to do is try not to keep...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.