Nationality of Al-Noor Orphanage boss may count against her bail application
Amina Okpara, 49, who is from Cameroon and married to a Nigerian, is facing charges of defeating the ends of justice, fraud and corruption.
She was arrested on June 14 after a sting operation carried out by the Hawks and two days after the orphanage was shut down and 17 children removed.
Hawks spokesperson Philani Nkwalase said it was alleged that the accused had redirected donor funds for the welfare of the children and centre operation into their bank accounts.
During her second appearance, prosecutor Adiel Jansen said: “We have received information that the accused is planning to skip the country. (Because) she is a flight risk and her existence in South Africa is based on fraud, it is submitted that she not be granted bail.”
Jansen also informed the court that her marriage in South Africa was under scrutiny and that there were also sexual charges that would be added to the charge sheet.
Social Development MEC Sharna Fernandez confirmed that there was significant evidence of physical and sexual abuse of children, which needed to be tested in court.
The accused’s lawyer, Andre Johnston, said Okpara had been in South Africa since 1993 and had South African citizenship. The matter was postponed until Thursday.@TheCapeArgus