Three women to reappear

2018-06-27 06:00

The fraud case against three women, that include a former employee of the Mantsopa Local Municipality, is to be heard in August in the Ladybrand Magistrate’s Court.

The suspects are Claudia Seithleko (37), former employee of the council, Claurina Sane (37) and Ntaoleng Seithleko (47).

Sane and Ntaoleng Seithleko were not employees of the municipality, according to findings of the Hawks.

However, Claudia Sei­thleko worked in the municipality’s finance department.

This finance department was once headed by Moshodi Moshodi, who held the position of chief financial officer.

Moshodi (48), who resigned in 2016, is currently on trial for the murder of his lover Ma­tshidiso Jeanette Lisenyane.

She was killed on 6 August 2016.

Findings of the Hawks revealed there is a personal relationship between the three women accused of fraud.

Claudia Seithleko is the younger sister of Ntaoleng Seithleko.

Sane is a friend of the Seithleko’s.

Brig. Hangwani Mulaudzi, Hawks spokesperson, said the fraud case was postponed to August.

This is to enable the women to get legal representation.

The trio first appeared in court in May after the Hawks served the women with summons to appear in court relating to charges of allegedly defrauding the cash-strapped Mantsopa Local Municipality.

The fraud case came after the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Investigation Unit’s investigation was revealed after information was followed up.

Mulaudzi said investigation into alleged fraud, worth R829 908, dates back from June 2014 to late 2016.

He said investigation followed in 2016 after authorities of the municipa­lity discovered some irregularities in payments for the period mentioned.

Mulaudzi said the alleged fraud is regarding to undue payments made to former employees.

The Hawks’ investigation revealed that the former employees never received payments that were appa­rently made to them and that details of their bank accounts had been altered on the system.

All these unlawful payments were allegedly made by Claudia Seithleko using her credentials.

Investigation revealed that the payments were made into accounts belonging to Seithleko’s relatives.

“Furthermore, the finance officer claimed to have made other transactions towards the Provident Fund and Best Funeral Society, which was not the case,” said Mulaudzi.

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