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Trial of trio of public servants alleged to have defrauded Department of Labour to resume

by lloyd last modified 2014-02-24 16:07

24 February 2014

The matter of three former employees of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF) accused of allegedly defrauding the department will resume in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (February 26).

Maxwell Ramaphosa, Samuel Mfeleng, and (Ms) Kgabo Johanna Methi are alleged to have defrauded the department of R476 150, 58. The trio has pleaded not guilty. The accused face three counts of fraud and four counts of money laundering. The accused are out on a warning.

In the matter, the trio’s co-accused Dr. Jones Mothemola Modau, a physiotherapist based in Rustenburg, North West pleaded guilty in March 2012 in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crime Court - where the matter was originally heard.

Modau has since been handed a five-year suspended sentence.

The matter involving Ramaphosa, Mfeleng and Methi was subsequently transferred to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court in a separation of trial. The accused are alleged to have falsified and inflated claims above the normal applicable medical rates. It is alleged Ramaphosa, Mfeleng and Methi recruited Modau to submit fraudulent claims which were later processed and payments were paid into his accounts. The trio is alleged to have transferred R476 150, 58 into the four different banking accounts of Modau. The money was allegedly later shared amongst them.

Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are also embroiled in other two alleged fraud cases. In one case they were part of a group of seven former employees including a physiotherapist, Abel Diokana accused of defrauding the DoL’s CF about R1-million. The physio (Diokana) has also been handed a suspended six-year sentence after pleading guilty.

In the other case they (Ramaphosa and Mfeleng) are 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 was handed a five-year suspended sentence.

Meanwhile, Dr Patrick Badirwang Mokhua operating in Hartswater in the Northern Cape Province allegedly accused of defrauding the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund (CF) of R479, 716.49 is also expected to appear on February 26 in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crime Court.

Mokhua, a general practitioner, faces 17 charges of fraud and theft. He is out on a bail of R3000.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity of the Department of Labour. The Fund provides cover for workers injured during work, illness and death sustained during occupation.

Issued by: Page Boikanyo

Departmental Spokesman

082 809 3195

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