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2023/02/22      |  Written By:  Captain Y Mgolodela   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

EASTERN  CAPE – The Mthatha based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team of the Hawks arrested Lelethu Dayimani (30) the third additional suspect on 20 February 2023 for allegations of theft from the employer. 

He made his first court appearance in the Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on 21 February 2023. Benjamin Mzovukile Mfazwe (71) and Phumla Dulcie Gadi (70) were released on R15 000 bail each for the same allegations on 20 May 2022.

It is alleged that during the year 2018, the company called Moderling Business Holding (PTY) Ltd operating in Mthatha area in the Eastern Cape was conducting the business of buying the land for development. The company was represented by Mfazwe and Gadi, the sister-in-law to the latter. Mfazwe appointed as the signatory to the company business bank account and was also issued with the company credit card.

It is further alleged that Mfazwe by virtue of his position in the business allegedly transferred R300 000 into his personal account and swiped the company credit card for his personal use amounting to over R140 000.

The other company directors reported the matter to the Hawks and he was arrested on 15 August 2015. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with four years suspended on condition that he does not commit the same offence again during the period of suspension. He spent two months in prison and successfully appealed the sentence.

It is further alleged that while on appeal, Mfazwe again transferred R4 million to his personal account. Mfazwe and his sister, Gadi are further alleged to have transferred R1.7 million and bought shares for themselves without the permission of the other directors.

The matter was once more reported to the Hawks who never hesitated with the investigation and arrested the duo on 19 May 2022 hence their appearance in court on 20 May 2022. The investigation confirmed the company being prejudiced cash to the value of R5.7 million.

The matter was remanded several times before the arrest of the additional suspect. Dayimani was released on R7500 bail. The matter was remanded to 28 February 2023 where Dayimani will be joining his co-accused.