A former municipal cashier who allegedly stole R27 000 arrested by the Hawks, appears in court. Picture: Pixabay
A former municipal cashier who allegedly stole R27 000 arrested by the Hawks, appears in court. Picture: Pixabay

Former Eastern Cape municipal cashier in court on theft charges

By Robin-Lee Francke Time of article published Sep 29, 2021

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Cape Town – A former municipal cashier appeared in the Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crime Court on charges of theft.

Olwethu Madikizela, 34, was arrested on Tuesday by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation’s (Hawks) Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team.

According to the Eastern Cape provincial spokesperson for the Hawks Captain Yolisa Mgolodela, Madikizela was employed by the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality, in the OR Tambo district, as a cashier.

Her responsibilities included receiving money paid to the municipality, in lieu of utility bills.

“It is reported that some of the larger clients, such as banks would trans­fer or deposit the monies owed into the municipality bank ac­count, and would then furnish her with pr­oof of payments,” Mgolodela said.

She said it is alleged that Madikizela used the same proof of payments, received by companies, to defraud the municipality for a period between February 28, until March 15, 2018.

Mgolodela said the fraudulent activities were picked up by the municipality, after the municipal bank statements did not correspond with its daily worksheets.

It was these red flags that had the municipality report the matter to the Hawks for investigation.

According to Mgolodela, preliminary investigations into the fraudulent activities showed that the municipality suffered a total loss of R27 000.

Madikizela was released on a warning by the court and the matter against her has been postponed until October 7, for her to bring a legal representative on board.

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