Bookkeeper stole for 'a better life'

2013-05-28 22:17

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - A bookkeeper who stole R4.5m from her employer for a "better life for her family", is to be sentenced on Thursday.

Tania Rose Korker, 47, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday.

She told the court this better life had included luxury cars, holidays and expensive private schooling for her husband and their young children.

She said she and her family had lived "comfortably" on her salary of R21 000.

Korker was employed by Trilink Dynamics.

As its bookkeeper, she channelled VAT and income tax payments, meant for the SA Revenue Service (Sars), into her own bank account.

The court heard that the company faced liquidation unless it could reach a compromise with Sars for the payment of the R4.5m.

Sars had already rejected one compromise offered by the company, and if the second was also rejected, liquidation would be the next step.


Prosecutor Jacques Smith called for a substantial prison sentence, on the grounds that Korker had abused a position of trust.

She had also persisted with the embezzlement for three years, during which she had ample time to reflect on her actions.

He said a sentence of correctional supervision, involving house arrest and community service, but excluding prison, as suggested by defence attorney Gary Jansen, was "hopelessly inappropriate".

He said the embezzlement had jeopardised the jobs of 350 staff members, who would be left destitute if the company were forced into liquidation.

The embezzlement came to light when the bank put a "hold" on the company’s account, because of a Sars action.

The "hold" had prevented the company drawing funds for salaries.

Jansen told the court Korker had repaid R2.8m, but was unable to repay more.

She had pleaded guilty, and had admitted to having been motivated by greed, he said.

Read more on:    sars  |  cape town  |  corruption

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.