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Trial of two former public servants allegedly accused of defrauding Department of labour proceeds

by lloyd last modified 2014-01-20 11:13

13 January 2014

The fraud trial of two former employees of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) Compensation Fund (CF) alleged to have defrauded the department of R2,1-million is to begin on Thursday (16 January 2014) in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

Maxwell Ramaphosa and Samuel Mfeleng - both from Soshanguve in Pretoria face 15 counts of fraud and 26 counts of money laundering.

The accused have pleaded not guilty and are out on a bail of R3000.

The duo is accused of being part of a syndicate working in collaboration with convicted fraud physio Jurry Bonewamang Sehunoe, a physiotherapist from Rustenburg in North West to siphon the department’s Compensation Fund. Sehunoe pleaded guilty to defrauding the Department of Labour in 2012, and in February 2013 was handed a five-year suspended sentence.

Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are also embroiled in two other separate cases that are before the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court for allegedly defrauding the Department of Labour.

In one case Ramaphosa and Mfeleng are part of a group of six former employees of the Department of Labour accused of defrauding the DoL’s Compensation Fund about R1-million.

In the other case they are part of a group of three former employees and Dr Jones Mothemola Modau, a physiotherapist based in Rustenburg who confessed to defrauding the department. Modau was subsequently handed a five-year suspended sentence.

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

Issued by: Page Boikanyo

Departmental Spokesman

082 809 3195


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