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Another appearance for seven alleged fraudsters accused of defrauding DoL

by lloyd last modified 2011-12-08 00:42

9 December 2011

SEVEN people alleged to have defrauded the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund will appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Monday (December 12).

The alleged defendants are Maxwell Ramaphosa, Samuel Mfeleng, Kgabo Methi, Debbie Venter, Tendani Mukomafhedzi and Billy Ramskin - who are all former employees of the Department of Labour - and a physiotherapist Abel Diokano. They face four counts of fraud and two counts of money laundering amounting to about R1-million. 

The case against the alleged accused was transferred from the Pretoria Specialised Crime Court on 21 November to the Pretoria Magistrates Court.

The accused are yet to plead and are out on warning.

Meanwhile, Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are currently involved in two other separate cases. In one case being held at the Pretoria Magistrates Court they are out on a bail of R3000. They are allegedly facing 15 counts of fraud and 26 counts of money laundering.

In the same case on October 19, 2011 their fellow co-accused, Jurry Sehunoe (33), a physiotherapist operating from Rustenburg in North West broke ranks and pleaded guilty to defrauding the Department of Labour of about R5-million.

Sehunoe is to be sentenced in January.

In another case Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are scheduled to appear in the Pretoria Specialised Crime Court again next month wherein they face charges of fraud and money laundering working in collaboration with co-accused Kgabo Methi and a physiotherapist Jones Modau.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity under the executive authority of the Department of Labour. The Fund’s main objective is to compensate for disability, illness and death resulting from occupational injuries and diseases.

Issued by Page Boikanyo (Mr)

Departmental Spokesperson

082 809 3195

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