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Court to rule on the admissibility of a statement ‘implicating’ the accused in the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund fraud matter

by lloyd last modified 2013-03-04 16:11

4 March 2013

The Pretoria Magistrate’s Court is expected tomorrow (March 5) to make a ruling on the disputed statement detailing the role of one of the accused in the fraud matter involving the Department of Labour’s (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF).

The statement, at the centre of controversy concern the matter of Maxwell Ramaphosa (36) and Samuel Mfeleng (36) – both from Sohanguve in Pretoria. The former employees of the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund are alleged to have defrauded the department R2,1-million. They are out on a bail of R3000.

They face 15 counts of of fraud and 26 counts of money laundering. The duo is alleged to have been working as a syndicate in collaboration with convicted fraudster Jurry Bonewamang Sehunoe, a physiotherapist from Rustenburg in North West. Sehunoe was sentenced more than a week ago in the Pretoria Specialised Crime Court to five years suspended imprisonment.

The statement in dispute is part of an exhibit to be presented as evidence that accused number one, Ramaphosa allegedly signed as “admission” on his part detailing his “involvement” in the fraud matter. The defence has argued that the statement was obtained by a private investigator under duress and threats of arrests.

A police officer who testified in Court last week said that on 18 January 2010 she witnessed Ramaphosa crafting a statement out of own volition and there was no duress.

The defence argued that Ramaphosa was handed an empty form by private investigator to make a statement, and while he was making a statement the investigator confiscated, squashed and tore the statement before telling him he did not agree with his version. The defence argued that he was later threatened and told what to include in the statement.

In her argument, Prosecutor Margaret Thulare told the Court to accept Ramaphosa’s statement as admissible. She argued that the statement was obtained voluntarily. Thulare questioned why was the evidence submitted by the police officer was not interrogated by defence.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity of the Department of Labour. The Fund provides cushion to workers injured during work or diseases sustained.     

 

Issued by: Page Boikanyo

Departmental spokesman

082 809 3195


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