Stolen money returned to municipality

2016-09-01 06:00
State Advocate Warren Myburgh (second left) of the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Asset Forfeiture Unit hands over the cheque to Kouga Municipal Manager Sidney Fadi while Kouga CFO Selwyn Thys (left) and Curator Bonis Michael Timkoe look on.    Photo: SUPPLIED

State Advocate Warren Myburgh (second left) of the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Asset Forfeiture Unit hands over the cheque to Kouga Municipal Manager Sidney Fadi while Kouga CFO Selwyn Thys (left) and Curator Bonis Michael Timkoe look on. Photo: SUPPLIED

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OVER R100 000 stolen money was returned to the Kouga Municipality.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) of the National Prosecuting Authority (PNA) officially handed over a cheque of R101 711.73 to the municipality last week Wednesday.

According to NPA Regional Spokesperson Tsepo Ndwalaza, the money was stolen by Mandla Christopher Siheula and Athenkosi Peter who worked as cashiers in the prepaid electricity section. After a forensic audit of July 2011 and March 2012 they were charged with theft.

Sihuela and Peter were convicted of theft in the Specialised Commercial Court in Port Elizabeth on January 23, 2015. Apart from having to reimburse the stolen money with interest, they were also sentenced to a R100 000 each which has to be paid within four years. They were furthermore given correctional supervision.

The sentencing occurred on March 25, 2015.

Kouga Municipal Manager, Sidney Fadi, says, “We celebrate this achievement. It reflects the progress we have made to strengthen our internal controls in partnership with the Office of the Auditor-General.

“I would also like to thank the officials who helped to bring the perpetrators to book.

“At the same time we feel for those who were found guilty, as they ended up losing money they were putting away for their families and future. We would like to encourage staff to take this lesson to heart and to treat public money as sacred.”

Elza Van Lingen, the Mayor of Kouga said that crime does not pay and the DA will accept nothing less than a clean administration.

“Corruption will be rooted out and we will deliver good governance to the people of Kouga.”

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