Former Teacher sentenced for defrauding Limpopo Department of Education

CRIME

By Staff Reporter

POLOKWANE-A former teacher Collen Lekgolane Masweu (62) appeared before Polokwane Specialised Commercial Crimes Court facing charges relating to fraud and pleaded guilty as charged.

Between April 2010 and August 2012,

Mashweu who was employed by the Limpopo Department of Education as a teacher acted in the capacity of a director of her company and rendered services to the Department of Education.  As a result, the department made payments amounting to over five hundred and fifty-six thousand rands (R556 000) without authority or disclosure to do remunerative work outside of Public Service.

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) based in Polokwane received a proclamation for the investigations of serious maladministration in connection with the affairs within the Department of Education, whereby allegation of unlawful conduct by the officials of the Department of Education in 2012.

In 2023, the matter was handed to the Polokwane-based Hawks’ Serious Commercial Investigation for further investigation.

The accused was traced and summoned to court.

The case was well-handled until the accused pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud, Contravention of Public Service Act and was sentenced to a R100 000.00 fine or 5 years direct imprisonment suspended for five years.

The Acting Provincial Head of the Hawks in Limpopo Province, Brigadier Alexander has lauded the meritorious investigations displayed by the Hawks and SIU for securing the prosecution.

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