KZN cops call for witnesses in fraud case

2012-08-15 19:49

Johannesburg - Former Khayalabantu Nursing School students should come forward for the court appearance of the two women who allegedly defrauded them, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Wednesday.

"We issued this statement to call on them to come [forward] as witnesses so that the suspects receive harsher sentences if they are found guilty," said Captain Thulani Zwane.

"If they don't come, only five witnesses will be present and that will mean lenient sentencing."

The Durban school co-owned by Thulisile Pini, 50, and Zoleka Jokozela, 40, was closed down in 2005 after allegations of being unregistered.

They were arrested and appeared in court, being granted R5 000 bail each.

"Their case was withdrawn pending insufficient evidence, but investigations continued," said Zwane.

He said they were summoned to appear in court on 31 January this year. They appeared several times, but only with a few witnesses.

He said 70 victims came to report the matter in 2005. They were paying fees of between R5 000 and R15 000 for a one-year nursing course.

"Now there's only [a] few witnesses; some have relocated and others have changed their contact details. We want them all to be in court."

Both Pini and Jokozela would appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Monday facing charges of fraud.