uMngeni officials on theft charges

2013-04-26 00:00

THREE uMngeni municipal cashiers yesterday made a brief court appearance on theft charges.

The three were joined in the dock at the Howick Magistrate’s Court by a member of the public

Cashiers Hlengiwe Ntombela, Nobuhle Sithole and Zoliswa Mayizale, with Sphamandla Ntulu, are facing 235 counts of theft amounting to more than R60 000.

It is alleged that they took money from the public, but did not hand it in to the municipality.

Two were arrested at work and the third, who was not in the office at the time, surrendered to the police.

Prosecutor Lehlohonolo Matima did not oppose bail, but asked for strict conditions.

“They must hand in their passports and report every Monday at the police station.”

The accused told the court they would be hiring private attorneys to represent them.

When magistrate Mmeli Ngwane asked them about how much bail they could afford, all four said they could pay R500. He granted them bail of R3 000 each. They will return to court on May 22.

uMngeni municipal manager Dr Mpilo Ngubane said an investigation into allegations of corruption in the traffic unit had started more than a year ago. The municipality had a contract with the KZN Traffic Department to carry out services like the issuing of taxi permits and car licence registrations.

“The money received was to be paid to the department and in turn the municipality received an agency fee. There were suspicions that money was going astray. The municipality approached the KZN department for assistance … an investigation ensued and the result was the arrests on Wednesday.”

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