Court staff in a fix over fraud

2012-08-31 00:00

COURT officials in Empangeni and Richards Bay are believed to have siphoned over R80 000 from the courts’ coffers by stealing bail money and fines paid by the public.

A spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mthunzi Mhaga, said the department was aware of the allegation and “internal investigations are in progress”.

“We are naturally disturbed that some of our staff members are facing such serious charges, but we will allow the law to take its course,” said Mhaga.

So far two staff members from Richards Bay and Empangeni have been implicated.

A source told The Witness that the courts were “dying to keep this one quiet”.

In the meantime, justice officials from Mtubatuba have arrived in Empangeni to rectify the situation.

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