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samwu thumb medium80 78The Star reports that the alleged theft of a R3.5million that was meant for year-end Christmas cheer has rocked the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu).  

Three Samwu employees from the Rand West Municipality in Gauteng will stand trial this week in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court for allegedly stealing money meant for their colleagues’ Christmas spending.  Jackey Tshabalala, who works in the municipality’s payroll section, and Letitia Nonkosi Mafuta and Anna Nomakhedu Mdange, both listed as general workers, are accused of siphoning off more than R3.5m from a progressive fund that was meant to bring Christmas cheer to employees.  The accused say they are innocent.  According to the charge sheet, Samwu, as the recognised trade union in Rand West, received authority to form a social club called Abasebenzi Christmas Club for its members.  Seventeen different fraudulent transactions were allegedly made from November 2017 to August 2018, with the largest transfer amounting to almost R1.4m.  The charge sheet reads as follows:  “The objective of the club was to save funds through contributions deducted from their salaries to be disbursed at year-end in accordance with each member’s contribution.  The contributions were collected from the employees’ salaries on a monthly basis by the city, and deposited into (an) Absa account number.”  It indicated that Tshabalala, Mafuta and Mdange were signatories and administrators of the account.  The three accused are facing 17 charges, each relating to transactions they allegedly made to themselves.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khaya Koko at The Star

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