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Former “fugitive” from justice alleged to have defrauded Department of Labour goes back to Court

by Gabriel Mothiba last modified 2014-05-02 23:05

Former fugitive from justice Khathutshelo Nethengwe from Olifantsfontein allegedly accused of defrauding the Department of Labour's (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF) is to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday (May 6)

A former employee of the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund, Nethengwe faces three counts of fraud for allegedly defrauding the Department of R1,2- million. Nethengwe is out on a bail of R5000. His matter was postponed in March to allow him to seek legal representation.

Nethengwe’s co-accused Kenneth Martin Mahuluhulu from Thohoyandou last November pleaded guilty in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court to defrauding the Department of Labour. For his part in the matter he was handed a four year suspended sentence by the Pretoria Specialised Crime Court, in which he will also be subjected to correctional supervision. 

Subsequently, in a separation of trial the matter of Nethengwe was transferred to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

Nethengwe and Mahuluhulu had been on the run for two years until Mahuluhulu, the IT fundi was nabbed by the specialised crime unit, the Hawks last year at his place of work at Unisa in Pretoria. Nethengwe subsequently handed  himself to justice.

The accused are alleged to have committed their fraudulent activities between 2006 and 2009. Mahuluhulu and Nethengwe are alleged to have collaborated in siphoning the public purse from the department by submitting and processing fraudulent claims.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity of the Department of Labour. The fund provides cushion to workers injured or for diseases sustained at work. – ENDS

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