Tebogo Msimanga |
The Mogwase Magistrates’ Court postponed the case against Gabonewe Ridam Madikela (39) to 19 April 2023, for her case to be transferred to the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court for trial. The court further granted her R10 000 bail and she was ordered to surrender her passport to the investigating officer. She is facing six charges of fraud amounting to R522 881, which she received as remuneration for a period of six months, while she was allegedly simultaneously occupying another government post without her employer’s knowledge.
North West National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Spokesperson Henry Mamothame said Madikela was arrested by the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation on Monday 27 March 2023 following a thorough investigation into her alleged offence.
“Her arrest emanates from her fraudulent orchestration of theft, involving her salary while she was employed by the Moses Kotane Local Municipality as a Director in charge of Local Economic Development from April to September 2022. Her contract was to commence on 01 July 2019, to end on 30 June 2024, with an all-inclusive annual salary of R1 274 619”.
Mamothame said it is alleged that in March 2022 the accused applied for study leave from 30 March 2022 to 24 May 2022, with a confirmation letter from an institution of higher learning. On 29 March 2022, she applied for 39 days of annual leave from 08 May 2022 to 27 June 2022, with the municipality granting her leave on both applications. “Towards the end of the annual leave, she submitted sick notes from a private medical facility in Akasia, purportedly issued by her doctor, indicating that she was sickly and hospitalized”.
Investigations by the Hawks revealed that during the period of her leave and purported illness, she was employed by the Department of Water and Sanitation as a Director, while still earning a salary from the Moses Kotane Local Municipality
Investigations into the matter have been completed and the accused is expected to be back in court when the matter resumes in April 2023.