Eastern Cape woman found guilty of stealing R330 000 in Road Accident Fund money from stepchildren

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
A woman has been found guilty of RAF fraud.
A woman has been found guilty of RAF fraud.
Getty Images
  • 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.

READ | Durban lawyer arrested for allegedly defrauding RAF clients

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.

Did you know you can listen to articles? Subscribe to News24 for access to this exciting feature and more.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Eskom has considered continuous load shedding at Stage 2, instead of introducing it when the power system faces a crunch. What are your thoughts?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
I'm all for it - we're going to have power cuts regardless, so we might as well have some stability to better plan our lives
45% - 4270 votes
No thanks! I prefer having periods of no load shedding and we cannot normalise this crisis
55% - 5155 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.