Pinetown Mortuary, worker and garage employee in the dock

2017-08-15 06:02

KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has applauded the Department’s Internal Audit and Risk Management unit for cracking a petrol card fraud case involving a Pinetown Mortuary worker and a petrol garage employee.

The two men were arrested by Westville SAPS last week after an investigation by the department, and appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court this week.

It is alleged they had devised a plan whereby they were profiting from the fraudulent processing of payments for fuel bought for departmental vehicles. They would then share the spoils. The suspects were not asked to plead, and will remain in custody until August 7, when they will appear again for their formal bail applications.

Reacting to the arrests, Dhlomo said: “We certainly welcome this arrest, and hope that it will send a strong message to employees of the department and anyone else who wishes to collude with them to commit crime.

“There is simply no room for fraudulent or corrupt activities in the department. We are tired of people who abuse and squander scarce government resources for their own narrow and selfish ends.

“We would like to issue a warning to those who are engaged in such practices or who are planning to do so, that the long arm of the law will catch up with them.”

- Supplied.

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