- An Eastern Cape woman has been found guilty of stealing R331 000 from her stepchildren.
- The money was part of a Road Accident Fund claim made on behalf of the children.
- The woman was not the children's caregiver, as stated in the claim.
An Eastern Cape woman has been found guilty of stealing more than R330 000 in a Road Accident Fund (RAF) claim intended to benefit her stepchildren. She has been handed a six-year suspended sentence and ordered to repay the stolen funds.
Nyameka Mkhatshwa, 49, was convicted and sentenced in the East London Regional Court on charges of theft on Tuesday. The theft relates to a 2014 claim made by Mkhatshwa on behalf of the children, said Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela.
"On 14 July 2014, Mkhatshwa lodged a claim with the RAF on behalf of her stepchildren after the death of her husband in a motor vehicle accident. The claim was settled by the RAF and an amount of more than R331 000 was paid into her account," said Mgolodela.
However, the court heard that Mkhatshwa did not give the money to the stepchildren.
"In her affidavit in support of the claim, she said that she was staying with the children and was supporting them, whereas she never lived with nor supported them," said Mgolodela.
A complaint was lodged with the Hawks' Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in East London for investigation, which led to Mkhatshwa's arrest on 16 March 2021.
At the time, she was released on a warning by the East London Magistrate's Court.
"After several court appearances, she received a six-year suspended sentence. She was further ordered to repay the victims an amount of R100 000 on or before 1 October 2021 and the balance in monthly instalments over a period of 60 months," said Mgolodela.
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