Theft charge against Soobiah withdrawn

2013-03-07 00:00

A THEFT charge involving R40 000 against Msunduzi councillor and ANC Youth League national executive committee member Rachel Soobiah was withdrawn in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Soobiah said she was told on arrival at court yesterday that the case had been withdrawn.

She said it was a great relief as she could now continue with her life. “This case did not deter me from continuing with my work in the community, whom I want to thank for standing by me and giving me the strength to go on through this time. It wasn’t easy, but I drew my strength from the community,” she said last night.

Soobiah first appeared in court last November, charged with the theft of R40 000.

The case arose from an allegation by an Italian donor organisation that she stole money allegedly deposited to buy a kombi to transport disadvantaged children to school.

The charge sheet alleged that Soobiah stole R40 000 “in the form of a cheque being a refund for a deposit of a kombi, from Strikegold Investments CC” in March 2009.

The complainant in the matter was cited as a Clara Tumino. Soobiah said at the time via her lawyer, Sergie Brimiah, that she strongly denied stealing any money and believed her accusers were “on a witch hunt”.

Late last night, police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan told The Witness that an out of court settlement had been reached between Soobiah and the complainant, hence the withdrawal of the case.

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