Cogta’s R7,5 mln theft accused appears in court

2015-12-13 22:43
Cogta theft accused Patricia Nokwazi Chuli.

Cogta theft accused Patricia Nokwazi Chuli. (Facebook)

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Pietermaritzburg - Ex-KZN government employee Patricia Nokwazi Chuli (30) appeared in court here on Friday charged with stealing R7,5 million from the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta).

Chuli was given bail of R50 000 — the same amount of bail that was granted to her co-accused in the case, businessman Mex Dhladhla, who was the first to be arrested.

Family members were reportedly helping her to raise the bail money.

Chuli had been sought by police following her resignation and disappearance on November 26.

Police said she was arrested at Dhladhla’s home this week.

Bail was not opposed and Magistrate M. Boikhutso adjourned the case to February 1 next year when both accused will appear in the dock together.

The state alleges that Chuli, a junior official in the finance division at Cogta, was responsible for diverting money that was supposed to fund the building of a community centre in Bulwer, to one of Dhladhla’s business accounts.

It is said that the money was withdrawn from the account thereafter and had also not been found.

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