Municipal cashier convicted for fraud

Municipal cashier convicted for fraud
Municipal cashier convicted for fraud. Image source: Pixabay

Hangover Regional Court sentenced (44) Nomava Luwalala on Thursday, 28 September 2023. Luwalala made her first court appearance shortly after she was arrested on 01 December 2022, The accused pleaded guilty in terms of section 112 of Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 on all 20 counts of fraud as charged.

Hawk’s Serious Corruption Investigation team executed a warrant of arrest on 1 December 2022, and successfully investigated the matter resulting in a conviction.

Nomava Luwalala, worked as a cashier at the Municipality’s traffic department unit, manipulated eNatis system for over a period of time covering July 2019 to December 2020, while performing her duties, she failed to report all the monies received. The Municipality suffered a loss of R120 252, as a result of her action.

Nomava was sentenced to (8) years imprisonment, wholly suspended for (5) years on condition that the accused is not convicted of fraud, theft or attempted theft during the period of suspension. The accused was further directed to pay back an amount of R120 252 in instalment of R10 000 until the total amount is paid.

The Provincial Head of Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Major General Stephen Mabuela expressed his appreciation of the work done. “What mostly pleases me is that the municipality will recover the loss as per the court order” Concluded General Mabuela.

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