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Two accused involved in defrauding the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund to appear on Monday

by lloyd last modified 2013-11-29 14:05

29 November 2013

The case 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 will resume in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday.

Mokhua, a general practitioner, faces 17 charges of fraud. He is out on a bail of R3000 and has not pleaded.

The doctor was on June 4 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. Mokhua was suspended for five years from running a private practice, but spared to work only in public hospitals.

He 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.

Meanwhile, self-confessed physiotherapist who is awaiting sentencing, Abel Diokana for his role in the defrauding of the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund of R949 175,11 will also appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on December 2.

Diokana was part of the so-called “Group of Seven” accused of defrauding the Department of Labour. In the matter he was appearing together with six other co-accused and former employees of the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund - Maxwell Ramaphosa, Samuel Mfeleng, Kgabo Methi, Debbie Venter, Tendani Mukomafhedzi and Billy Ramskin. The accused face four counts of fraud and two counts of money laundering.

The fraudster deserted his co-accused and pleaded guilty on April 2013.

The physio is alleged to have been working as a member of a syndicate to defraud the DoL’s Compensation Fund. It is alleged that the six former employees of the DoL’s Compensation Fund recruited Diokana to submit fraudulent claims, which they would later process and make out payments, which were later shared by members of the syndicate.

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:  Mokgadi Pela

Acting Departmental Spokesman

082 808 2168

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