Fraud suspects back in court

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Johannesburg - The trial of two former employees of the Department of Labour accused of swindling millions from the Compensation Fund is set to resume on Monday.

The department said on Friday that proceedings against Maxwell Ramaphosa and Samuel Mfeleng, both aged 36, were postponed earlier this month by the Pretoria Magistrate's Court when prosecutor Margaret Thulare fell ill.

The two allegedly defrauded the fund of over R2.1-million and face 15 counts of fraud and 26 of money laundering.

They are also linked to two other fraud cases. Boikanyo said in one case they were accused of being part of a group of seven who defrauded the fund of over R1-million.

They were also accused of being part of a group of four who defrauded the department of about R500 000.

Sentencing of one of their co-accused, physiotherapist Jurry Sehunoe, would start on July 2.

Mfeleng and Ramaphosa were previously granted R3 000 bail each.

The fund provides compensation for workers who are injured or suffer from diseases contracted during their employment. It also covers people who die from such injuries or diseases. - Sapa

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