Rustenburg physiotherapist Jurry Sehunoe pleaded guilty to 28 counts of money laundering and 15 of fraud in the Pretoria Commercial Crime Court yesterday.

Sehunoe, 33, together with former Labour Department employees Maxwell Ramaphosa and Samuel Mfeleng, was accused of defrauding the Compensation Fund of more than R3 million.

His trial will now be handled separately, leaving Ramaphosa and Mfeleng to plead in a different court.

Magistrate Nika Setshogoe granted the separation of trial.

In a written affidavit read out by his lawyer, Sehunoe told the court he had run a physiotherapy business in Rustenburg since 2004.

“Most of the financial claims for accident victims I made on behalf of my clients to the Department of Labour’s compensation fund were not paid,” Sehunoe said.

He claimed Mfeleng and Ramaphosa took advantage of his vulnerability.

– Sapa