Pretoria fraud trial postponed

2013-05-14 17:57

Johannesburg - The fraud trial of two former employees of the labour department's Compensation Fund was postponed in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Labour spokesperson Page Boikanyo said the State would continue its case on 22 May.

Maxwell Ramaphosa and Samuel Mfeleng, both 36, are accused of processing and facilitating fraudulent claims submitted by physiotherapist Jurry Sehunoe.

Sehunoe pleaded guilty to 15 counts of fraud and 26 of money-laundering.

He received a five-year suspended jail sentence in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in February.

Ramaphosa and Mfeleng had allegedly defrauded the fund of R2.1m.

Boikanyo said on Tuesday a State witness testified that he allowed Ramaphosa to use the account of his co-owned driving school business for money laundering.

Rodney Ntshuleneni Vele said he was promised his business would grow exponentially.

"Vele told the court that he was approached by Ramaphosa, who told him that he had huge sums of money which he needed to deposit and these required a business account," Boikanyo said.

Vele said he agreed to Ramaphosa's request in good faith because he grew up with him and trusted him.

He was arrested in connection with the matter, but was later released due to lack of evidence.

Vele testified that he was introduced to Sehunoe by Ramaphosa during a meeting in the Pretoria central business district.

Money from fraudulent claims, ranging between R15 000 and R80 000, used to be deposited by Sehunoe into Vele's driving school's account.

It would later be withdrawn and shared.

"For his efforts in allowing laundered money to be deposited into his business account, Vele used to be rewarded with amounts averaging about R3 000 for every deposit made," Boikanyo said.

Vele said this arrangement started in 2008 and continued until 2010 when Ramaphosa was arrested.

Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are out on bail of R3 000.

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

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
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.