KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has welcomed the 12-year prison sentence without the option of a fine or suspension handed down by the Commercial Crimes Court to the mastermind of the theft of R7.5-million of departmental funds that occurred almost four years ago.
The main accused, Mex Dladla, who masterminded the theft also previously implicated two KZN Cogta employees who, according to his version of events, executed the theft by circumventing the department’s public procurement procedures during a monetary transfer to Ingwe local municipality.
“This harsh prison sentence without the option of a fine or suspension is a welcome development and it should serve as a lesson to all public servants and fraudsters in general who disregard or attempt to disregard the code of conduct that prescribes that they execute their duties with integrity,” said Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube.
KZN Cogta made headlines in 2015 when one of its employees facilitated the multi-million rand fraud by circumventing the department’s complex system of checks and balances. The department has since tightened the screws and made its payment protocols more impregnable to fraudulent activities.
For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403