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Trial of trio alleged to have defrauded Department of Labour resumes

by lloyd last modified 2012-09-13 12:31

13 September 2012

Three former employees of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF) allegedly accused of defrauding the department about half-a-million rand are to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Friday (September 14).

Maxwell Ramaphosa, Samuel Elliot Mfeleng and Kgabo Johanna Methi are out on warning and face three counts of fraud and 14 counts of money laundering involving R476 150,58. 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 and is awaiting sentencing.  Two months ago he was ordered by the Court to repay back the Department of Labour the R476 150,58 that he defrauded.  

The trio together with Modau is 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 money was allegedly later shared amongst them.

Ramaphosa,Mfeleng and Methi have pleaded not guilty.

In a separate matter, Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are also embroiled in other two alleged fraud cases. In one case they are part of a group of seven former employees including a Doctor accused of defrauding the DoL’s CF about R1-million.  

In the third case they are part of a trio including a physiotherapist accused of defrauding DoL’s Compensation Fund about R2,1-million. In this case their fellow accused Jurry Sehunoe, a self-confessed fraud physiotherapist operating from Rustenburg in the North West pleaded guilty and he is yet to be sentenced.

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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