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Mpuma soldier appears on fraud charge

2012-03-16 18:00

Johannesburg - A defence force sergeant appeared in court on a charge of fraud on Friday, Mbombela police said.

Mike Protas Khumalo, 47, allegedly applied for funeral cover for the children of a dead colleague, Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi said.

He had the same initials and surname as the children's father.

In 2008 and 2010, he claimed money after declaring the two girls dead.

"As a result, the girls could not apply for their identity documents," said Hlathi.

Khumalo's case was postponed to April 5 by the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court. He was released on R1 500 bail.