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“Runaway” IT fundi and co-accused alleged to have defrauded Department of Labour’s CF to appear

by lloyd last modified 2013-01-22 17:39

22- January 2013

Kenneth Martin Mahuluhulu (32), an information technology (IT) boffin and co-accused Khathutshelo Nethengwe (35), who have been on the run for two years for allegedly defrauding the Department of Labour’s (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF) of R1,2-million will appear in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday (January 23).

Mahuluhulu from Pretoria and Nethengwe, a former employee of the Department of Labour from Olifantsfontein are alleged to have committed their alleged crime between 2006 and 2009.

The “long arm of justice” caught up with Mahuluhulu last August (2012) when he was nabbed at his place of work at the University of South Africa (Unisa). His fellow co-accused Nethengwe, subsequently handed himself in October.   

The accused are alleged to be working as a syndicate to siphon the department by submitting and processing fraudulent claims using intricate techniques to by-pass the internal systems.  

The “runaway” defendants are out on a bail of R5000-00. They face fraud charges. Their matter was postponed in December to allow the accused to consult with their legal representatives. 

The Compensation Fund is a public entity of the Department of Labour. The Fund’s objective is to provide compensation for disability, illness, and death resulting from occupational injuries and diseases. 

 

Issued by: Mokgadi Pela

Acting Departmental Spokesman

082 808 2168


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