Expelled PAC president Luthando Mbinda in dock for allegedly defrauding party out of millions

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  • The expelled president of the PAC has appeared in court on charges of fraud and theft.
  • Luthando Mbinda is accused of defrauding the party of millions.
  • He and his two co-accused are due back in court on 19 May.

Expelled PAC president Luthando Mbinda, 60, appeared briefly in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday on fraud and theft charges to the tune of R2.4 million.

In a statement, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) said Mbinda had handed himself over at their offices in Bellville prior to his court appearance.

"Mbinda is the third suspect arrested by the Hawks' Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team."

His alleged accomplices, Gcobani Katiya, 53, and Ramarumo Edward Mfulane, 35, "were arrested and appeared in the same court on 9 April 2021, and later released on a warning," Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Philani Nkwalase said.

It is alleged Mbinda, who was expelled from the party in May 2017, as well as Katiya and Mfulane went to Nedbank in Durbanville and opened three bank accounts in the name of the PAC.

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"Thereafter, the accused allegedly informed the finance department of Parliament that funds owed to the PAC be transferred to the Nedbank account and not the existing Absa account on record for the party at Parliament.

"Parliament funds to the amount of R1 448 053.51 were then transferred into the accounts, and the monies were allegedly withdrawn by the accused," Nkwalase said.

It is further that alleged on 13 March 2019, Mbinda opened an FNB account in the name of LR Mbinda, trading as Azania, and instructed the finance department to transfer funds owed to the party into it.

"The total amount deposited into the account was R995 669.50," Nkwalase said.

He added:

Consequently, the PAC suffered a R2.44 million loss as a result of the fraudulent actions by the three accused. The accused are facing charges of fraud, theft, and Contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

The accused are due back in court on 19 May 2021.



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