Former Cope treasurer appears for fraud

2014-08-18 18:56

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Cape Town - Former Cope treasurer Hildagrade Ndude made her 11th appearance in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Cape Town on Monday.

She is charged with 23 counts of fraud, six of money laundering, and one of theft.

Her co-accused Irene Motha faces three fraud charges.

Both women have yet to plead.

It is alleged that Ndude and Motha manipulated the Congress of the People's electronic system to divert payments meant for suppliers into their own personal bank accounts between April 2010 and May 2011.

Ndude's lawyer Mustach Parker told the court that new "aspects" had come to light and that he needed to discuss this with prosecutor Zama Matayi.

Motha's legal aid lawyer Hayley Lawrence was not in court on Monday.

According to the charge sheet, accused three was a company called Sithaba Holdings, of which Ndude was a director.

The company is charged with three counts of money laundering.

The charge sheet states that Motha was Ndude's personal assistant in Parliament at the time.

Cope had two main sources of funding - from Parliament and from the Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC).

In both instances, the funding came from taxpayers' money and was put into individual bank accounts and accounted for individually.

Ndude was the principal signatory for both accounts, together with the president of Cope. She was the party's financial political head, and as treasurer had to ensure transparent management of Cope's affairs.

The case was postponed to 17 September.

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