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2022/05/11      |  Written By:  Captain Y Mgolodela   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

EASTERN CAPE – The East London Regional Court convicted Bathandwa Bazukile Ndyamara (35) on 9 May 2022 for charges of fraud.

During July 2019, the complainant had a travelling agency company called Siyawela Travelling. The company was registered in the Basic Accounting System (BAS) of Education which is used to pay suppliers. The complainant received request for quotations via e-mail. The quotations requested were purported to have been requested by the Department of Education in Zwelitsha. The complainant was directed to source quotations from Royal Lodge which is reported to be in Queenstown Bay Lodge in Port Elizabeth and Fairview lodge in Mthatha.

The complainant requested the quotations from the respective lodges and paid more than R2 million as an endeavour to secure the accommodation for the learners and educators who were reported to have been attending a workshop. The complainant submitted invoices to the Department of Education and was not paid because the department detected that request for quotes was a scam as the department had already paid for the same order numbers.

The matter was reported to the East London based Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team for probing which resulted in the arrest of Ndyamara on 21 December 2021. Ndyamara was released on a R5000 00 bail. After a series of court appearances, he was found guilty of fraud and will be sentenced on 24 June 2022.