Tebogo Msimanga |
Six licensing department officials, Xoliswa Celia Ngelwane (51), Nompumelelo Winnie Nxumalo (44), Nkosinathi Samuel Gumede (37), Agnes Nozipho Ndzinisa (53), Thembi Millicent Motlohi (42) and Alman Thabang Masuku 42, appeared before the Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court on Monday for fraud worth over R59 million.
Mpumalanga National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Monica Nyuswa said accused 1,3,4,5,6 were employed by the Mpumalanga Provincial Administration of the Department of Community Safety and Liaison, as administrators, while accused 2 was a Clerk at the Mbombela Municipal Registering Authority. “Between 2018 and 2019, the six accused allegedly conducted unlawful transactions amongst others, by licencing private motor vehicles as though they belonged to the government departments, resulting in a loss of millions of rands”.
The suspects are facing 603 charges of fraud, theft and money laundering. They were granted bail of R15.000 each and the matter is postponed to 29 September 2022, for further investigation.