By Phila Audrey Tuba
Olwethu Madikizela, 34, was detained by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation’s (Hawks) Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team on Tuesday and charged with stealing in the Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crime Court on September 29, 2021.
According to the Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela of the Eastern Cape, 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,” said Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela.
According to the Hawks spokesperson, Madikizela is accused of defrauding the municipality between February 28 and March 15, 2018, using the same documentation of money received by firms.
Captain Mgolodela said that the fraudulent activities were picked up by the municipality, after the municipal bank statement did not correspond with its daily worksheets.
According to Hawks preliminary investigations into the fraudulent activities showed that the municipality had 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.