| Durban man ordered to pay back eThekwini Municipality for EPWP scandal

  • A Durban man has been sentenced to a 3-year suspended sentence for defrauding the eThekwini Municipality.
  • He modified into found to bear tickled a community of EPWP workers to initiating bank accounts whereas he kept the cards and PINs.
  • He has been ordered to pay back the municipality more than R280 000.

An eThekwini Municipality employee has been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, suspended for 5 years, for defrauding the municipality of round R400 000.

Robert Nkosi modified into found to bear pocketed funds for the cost of Prolonged Public Works Programme workers, and the Durban Justice of the Peace’s Court docket has ordered him to pay back R280 090.

Nkosi modified into handed the sentence after pleading responsible to the charges following his arrest by the National Neat Audit Activity Crew, Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale acknowledged.

“It is alleged that in 2018 an official (employee) of the eThekwini Municipality misrepresented to the participants of the public that he had secured a younger with eThekwini Municipality and recruited them to be his workers on the swish mission. The acknowledged official additional educated them that as a requirement to the municipality he must present proof that he had workers participants and all [should] bear bank accounts,” Mogale acknowledged.

He modified into found to bear taken them to Pietermaritzburg to initiating bank accounts, Mogale acknowledged.

“In Pietermaritzburg, he tickled the alleged workers that he would must salvage their bank cards and PIN codes with him to manufacture much like the municipality. He also instructed all of them to employ one mobile phone number as their contact number when opening the accounts and on the identical time gave all of them R1 000 every to initiating the accounts,” Mogale acknowledged.

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Two weeks later, the municipality paid out R31 000.

In paying back R 280 090 to the eThekwini Municipality, Nkosi must pay R 4 235 by 10 Would perchance well also honest.

Nkosi’s co-accused Enoch Mthethwa, who modified into sentenced on 17 Would perchance well also honest 2020, modified into ordered to pay back R6 800 to the municipality. Dumisani Nxumalo, who modified into sentenced on 3 December 2019, modified into ordered to pay back R67 564.70 to the eThekwini Municipality.

The case has been postponed to Wednesday for the final three accused Andile Nthangase, Bongani Ntshangase and Xolani Vilane to be sentenced.

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