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State calls for conviction of Dr. Mokhua alleged to have defrauded Department of Labour

by Gabriel Mothiba last modified 2014-03-19 17:38

The State in the trial of Dr Patrick B. Mokhua (39) of Hartswater in the Northern Cape Province alleged to have defrauded the Department of Labour’s (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF) of R479, 716.49 today (March 19) called for the no-acquittal of the accused.

Prosecutor A. Mkutshwa told the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crime Court that there was overwhelming evidence to suggest that Dr Mokhua misrepresented himself and illegally gained from the payments made to him by the Department of Labour. Mkutshwa said the accused knew what he was doing when he was involved in the defrauding of the department, and allowed his account to be used to make illegal payments.

Dr Mokhua is facing 17 counts of fraud. He has pleaded not guilty and is out on a bail of R3000.

Magistrate said the Court would consider all evidence submitted. He however said there was overwhelming evidence against the accused to answer.

Mokhua is yet to take a stand.

In an earlier submission, the defense had argued that the case against Mokhua be put down, as it was not convinced of the evidence brought before the Court. The defense said evidence before the Court has failed to prove that Mokhua was guilty. The defense further argued that the case against Mokhua was ‘limping’.

 The trial continues tomorrow (March 19).

Mokhua was last June found guilty by the Professional Conduct Committee of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in Pretoria for gross misconduct after allegedly receiving “illegal” payments from the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund.

He was suspended for five years from running a private practice, but spared to work only in public hospitals. Mokhua was also fined R100 000, which had to be paid within six months.

The Council at the time said that: “he knew and/or ought to have known that no professional services were rendered”.

 The HPCSA had stated that the respondent had made an admission in writing.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity under the administration of the Department of Labour. The Fund provides cushion for workers injured and for diseases sustained at work.

Issued by: Page Boikanyo

Departmental Spokesman

082 809 3195

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