Man jailed for fraud

2009-09-22 21:11
Cape Town - A man who stole thousands of rand from oil company BP was sentenced to three years in jail on Tuesday.

Patrick Zolile Sakayi, 20, stole R126 159 from BP, while in the company's employ as a Petrol Guarantee Administrator.

Sakayi was last year given a five-year suspended jail sentence on 35 counts of fraud, when he appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court.

One of the conditions of his sentence, was that he repay BP R4 350 a month and surrender to the company his provident fund benefits.

He was also ordered to undergo three years house arrest, and to perform community service.

Did not make payments

But, according to a report by the oil company, Sakayi failed to make the monthly instalments.

On Tuesday, he appeared before Magistrate Amrith Chabillal, to give reasons why the suspended jail sentence should not be put into operation.

"My first priority was to care for my sickly mother," Sakayi said when questioned by his attorney Marco Thomas.

No suspension this time

In defence of why he was unable to perform the necessary community service, Sakayi said he found a job at a Cape Town guest house.

He also said if given a chance to stay out of jail, he would "comply strictly with the conditions".

But, Magistrate Chabillal said Sakayi had abused the process of law, and was unlikely to make any effort to repay the money, if given another suspended sentence.

"Rather than put the suspended sentence into operation, a three-year jail sentence, with nothing suspended, was appropriate," Chabillal said.

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