Cape Town - More cases, including that of sexual offences with children, could be added to the charge sheet of the 49-year-old manager at Al-Noor Orphanage who is facing charges of fraud and corruption
The accused, Amiena Opara, on Tuesday briefly appeared before magistrate Reaz Khan in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court. She appeared to be in some discomfort and walked with a limp. Opara, who is from Cameroon and married to a Nigerian, and is residing in Cape Town, was not asked to plead to charges of defeating the ends of justice, fraud and corruption.
According to Hawks spokesperson Philani Nkwalase, the suspect was apprehended on Friday and it is alleged she redirected donor funds destined for daily operations of the centre into her personal bank account.
Prosecutor Adiel Jansen said: “I’d just seen the docket and after perusing the content I need to inform the court that more charges would be added. Five charges for the contravention of Immigration Act will be added.
“The accused is from Cameroon and got married to a Nigerian, and it appears that this was a marriage of convenience, and her status in South Africa is also under scrutiny. There are also sexual offences charges where the husband and accused are implicated. The husband is back in Nigeria and we’re looking for him.”