A former clerk on the South African Social Safety Company (Sassa) within the Jap Cape and her boyfriend have been sentenced to jail on Monday for fraud.
Nombuso Dlamini, 44, and Siyasanga Gqamane, 31 each defrauded the company of R1.2 million.
The Mbizina Regional Court docket sentenced them to 10 and eight years imprisonment respectively.
Two years of every of the sentences have been suspended for 5 years on the situation that they weren’t convicted of any offence involving dishonesty.
In response to Nationwide Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Luxolo Tyali, Dlamini was employed by Sassa as a clerk chargeable for capturing social grant purposes from 2006 to 2011.
She was in a romantic relationship with Gqamane as at then.
“The couple registered fictitious social grants and used unsuspecting individuals’s id paperwork to open financial institution accounts into which social grant funds have been made”
“Sassa suffered a loss in extra of R1.2 million due to this elaborate scheme,” Tyali mentioned.
After an investigation into the sudden enhance of social grant funds with out the required paper paperwork was carried out, the couple was arrested in 2011.
30 financial institution playing cards have been discovered within the couple’s house however when questioned, they might not present any cheap clarification for the playing cards discovered of their possession.
“Initially, Dlamini and Gqamane pleaded not responsible and employed quite a few ways to delay the trial, together with altering authorized representatives at the least thrice. After the prosecutor, Senior State Advocate Luyanda Mtengwane, led the proof of state witnesses, the 2 modified their plea to responsible,” Tyali mentioned.
Mtengwane defined that solely a prolonged jail time period was applicable for these discovered responsible of defrauding the state particularly by a authorities official within the place of belief.
It is because the speed of fraud is turning into extra frequent within the nation.
The court docket granted that the convicted fraudsters’ belongings which value R104 000 be confiscated.