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Trial of three former civil servants alleged to have defrauded Department of Labour resumes

by lloyd last modified 2012-10-01 13:33

1 October 2012

The trial of three former employees of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF) allegedly accused of defrauding the department about half-a-million rand is to resume in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (October 2).

Maxwell Ramaphosa, Samuel Elliot Mfeleng and Kgabo Johanna Methi are allegedly accused of defrauding the Department of Labour’s (CF) R476 150,58. The trio is out on a warning and face three counts of fraud and 14 counts of money laundering.  

The former Department of Labour employees are allegedly accused of colluding with Jones Modau (31), a physiotherapist based in Rustenburg, North West. Modau pleaded guilty in the matter at the Pretoria Specialised Crime Court before it was transferred to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. He is awaiting sentencing. 

The three former civil servants together with the physiotherapist are alleged to have worked as a syndicate and facilitated the transfer of the laundered money into the different banking accounts of Modau to disguise their activities. The defrauded money was allegedly later shared amongst them.

Ramaphosa, Mfeleng and Methi have pleaded not guilty.

In a separate development, Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are also ensnared in two other alleged fraud cases.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity of the Department of Labour. The Fund covers workers injured or disabled at work or/for diseases sustained from the hazardous work environment.

Issued by: Page Boikanyo

Departmental Spokesperson

082 809 3195

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