Education Department staffer up for corruption

2012-08-17 13:55

A KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education employee has been released on R3 000 bail after being arrested on charges of corruption and extortion.

Nomusa Mfeka (48) is accused of trying to extort R100 000 from a school principal. Mfeka, who is based at the department’s eThekwini service centre, helped the principal to receive R200 000 in back payments.

The principal had not been receiving the salary she was entitled to with her qualifications. Mfeka, who helped process the claim when the principal contacted the department to resolve the issue, allegedly demanded half the principal’s back pay in return for attending to the matter.

The State’s case is that the principal agreed to pay Mfeka, although she did not intend to do so. It’s alleged that when she did not get the money, Mfeka started sending threatening text messages and phoning the principal.

The principal contacted KZN’s Education MEC, Senzo Mchunu, and a sting operation was set up with the police. Mfeka was arrested last Friday.

On Monday, she was denied bail so the court could verify her residential address and because there were concerns about the principal’s safety.

In the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court today, Mfeka wore a woollen hat which she pulled down over her eyes.

She was flanked by friends and family as she entered the courtroom, and kept her head down when not being directly addressed by the magistrate.

As part of her bail conditions, Mfeka must report to the Broad Street police station every Friday until her next scheduled appearance on September 18.

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