Traditional affairs employee held for fraud

2012-10-04 09:56

Johannesburg - A department of traditional affairs employee was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly defrauding fellow employees of their severance packages in KwaZulu-Natal, the department said.

It is alleged the employee defrauded the department of millions of rand as he had been running the scam for a number of years, said departmental spokesperson Vernon Mchunu.

"The department believes that thousands of... employees may have been swindled..."

The employee was expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube welcomed the arrest.

"This work reaffirms our commitment to root out corruption and fraud, not only in municipalities, but also within our own backyard if it dares crop up," she said in a statement.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-10-04 10:17

    Fraud seems to be a Traditional Affair with this corrupt ANC government, starting at the top with showerhead spending R203m on his private house.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-04 10:52

      Not just the ANC ,it is a wide spread problem in Africa. Nigeria's senators make over $1.8million per year,the highest salary of any Government official in the world.It is more or less legalized fraud.Here is the break down of their salary (conversion to rands done via Xe): NIGERIAN SENATORS INCOME BREAK DOWN: Note : BS = Basic Salary Basic Salary (BS) = R131,729.00 Hardship Allowance: 50% of Basic Salary = R65,854.00 Constituency allowance: 200% of BS = R263,360.00 Furniture Allowance: 300% of BS = R394,940.00 Newspaper allowance: 50% of BS = R65,834.00 Wardrobe allowance: 25% of BS = R32,917.00 Recess Allowance: 10% of BS = R13,167.00 Accommodation: 200% of BS = R263,353.00 Utilities: 30% of BS = R43,898.00 Domestic Staff: 35% of BS = R45,759.00 Entertainment: 30% of BS = R43,918.00 Personal Assistance: 25% of BS = R32,940.00 Vehicle Maintenance Allowance: 75% of BS = R98,820.00 Leave Allowance : 10% of BS = R13,179.00 One off payments (Severance gratuity): 300% of BS = R395,391.00 Motor Vehicle Allowance: 400% of BS = R527,240. Total income per month = R1,564,759.46 A Nigerian senator’s annual salary = R18,777,113.52 ..................................................... They do this while 80% of the country lives below poverty level.That however does not stop the d..mb Nigerians from voting back in the same leaders who are scrwe..g them.Welcome to Africa!

  • valkyriaza - 2012-10-04 10:30

    Why do we have Traditional affairs ministry?

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-04 12:02

      G.O.K !

      heiku.staude - 2012-10-04 12:06

      Maybe you can call them up and will organise a braai for you. Lol

      yvonne.joseph.1612 - 2012-10-04 12:54

      So we can keep all our brothers/sisters and aunts and uncles in employment,in perpetuity.

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-10-04 10:31

    Is there a single Govt entity that is not embroiled in fraud,theft or corruption?The answer can only be NO!This ANC s..t just boggles the mind.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-04 10:49

    Oh what a surprise (not).

  • Andrea - 2012-10-04 15:45

    Hardship Allowance? Really? What for?

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