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Department of Labour’s two ex-employees appear in court

by lloyd last modified 2012-11-21 14:25

21 November 2012

The trial of two former employees of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF) is to resume tomorrow (November 22) at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court in a case involving alleged fraud of R2,1-million.

Maxwell Ramaphosa (36) and Samuel Mfeleng (36) - both from Soshanguve in Pretoria face 15 counts of fraud and 26 counts of money laundering. The accused are out on a bail of R3000-00. 

The former public servants have pleaded not guilty to defrauding the Department of Labour.

The duo is alleged to have been working in collaboration with Jurry Sehunoe, a physiotherapist from Rustenburg in North West, to defraud the department. Sehunoe has since pleaded guilty and is to be sentenced next month. The fraud physio has also been ordered by the Pretoria’s Speacialised Commercial Crime Court, where his matter was heard, to repay the Department of Labour the R2,1-million that was swindled.

The accused are alleged to have siphoned money from the DoL’s Compensation Fund and channeled it into Sehunoe’s bank accounts. They allegedly processed fictitious claims made by Sehunoe and later shared the laundered money.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity under the ambit of the Department of Labour. The Fund provides cushion for workers injured during work or diseases sustained or contracted as such.

Issued by: Page Boikanyo

Departmental Spokesperson

082 901 3195

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