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gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a Mpumalanga municipal employee has been sentenced to 12 months' house arrest and a five-year suspended sentence in a fraud case at the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality.

Khensani Antoinette Mashaba was found guilty and sentenced in the Mhala Regional Court last Tuesday for fraud and corruption. She was employed as a public officer at the municipality between April and November 2012. The Special Investigating Unit launched an investigation after receiving a tip-off from a whistleblower.   A case was opened and transferred to the Hawks, who reported: "During the investigation, it was established that Mashaba recruited the two ladies to open a company (Amiway CC) and ordered them to put her cellphone number on the business account. It was also established that the said municipality was at all times dealing with the accused and not members of Amiway CC. The accused ensured that the particulars on the invoice, such as the postal address and contact numbers, did not belong to Amiway but were hers and those of her relatives." Mashaba then falsely submitted an claim for R93,480, which the municipality paid into Amiway’s business account for services which were never rendered. Mashaba was handed a five-year suspended sentence and ordered to pay R93,480 to the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality. She was also sentenced to house arrest for 12 months.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nicole McCain at News24

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