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NPA returns stolen money to Kouga

25 August 2016
State Advocate Warren Myburgh (second left) of the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Asset Forfeiture Unit hands over the cheque to Kouga Municipal Manager Sidney Fadi while Kouga CFO Selwyn Thys (left) and Curator Bonis Michael Timkoe look on.

State Advocate Warren Myburgh (second left) of the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Asset Forfeiture Unit hands over the cheque to Kouga Municipal Manager Sidney Fadi while Kouga CFO Selwyn Thys (left) and Curator Bonis Michael Timkoe look on.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority handed a cheque of more than R100 000 to Kouga Municipality last week (24 August 2016).

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesman Tsepo Ndwalaza said the money had been stolen by two former municipal employees who were convicted of theft in the Specialised Commercial Court in Port Elizabeth in 2015.

The employees worked as cashiers in the prepaid electricity section at Humansdorp of the municipality. During the period of July 2011 and March 2012 it was established after a forensic audit that they had committed theft in the section.

In November 2013 State Advocate Warren Myburgh of the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) obtained a provisional restraint order in the Port Elizabeth High Court in terms of section 26 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 121 of 1998 against the employees. The value of the order, restraining their pension money, was R101 711,73.

Ndwalaza said that, following their conviction, Myburgh brought a confiscation application and a confiscation order was granted, whereby the former employees would reimburse the municipality the full amount, together with interest. They were also sentenced to a R100 000 fine each, which has to be paid within four years, and were given correctional supervision.

Municipal Manager Sidney Fadi said the municipality was pleased that the stolen money had been returned. He thanked the NPA and AFU for the efficient way in which they handled the matter.

“We would also like to thank the municipal officials who detected the problem and helped to bring the perpetrators to book. It is good to see that kind of understanding and implementation of anti-fraud and anti-corruption measures among our staff,” he said.

“At the same time, we feel for those convicted and their families, as they ended up losing money that they were putting away for their futures. They had to learn the hard way that crime does not pay.

“We would like to encourage staff to take this lesson to heart and treat public money as sacred.”