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Accountant arrested for multi-million rand theft

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks)

EASTERN CAPE – The Gqeberha Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team of the Hawks was commended by the Provincial Head for expeditiously ensuring that an Accountant was brought behind bars on 17 March 2023 for allegations of fraud and theft.

It is alleged that during the period between 11 September 2020 and 10 March 2022, the accused in his position as an accountant for Super Spar in Despatch, was given full access and administration rights to Despatch Super Spar as well as Tops Liquor store bank accounts in order to render the services effectively.

During September 2022, the contract with the accused was terminated and a new accountant employed. The newly employed accountant in his line of duty discovered 105 fraudulent deposits into the accused business account over and above the invoiced payments he had claimed for the services he officially rendered to the business.

The matter was reported to the Hawks in January 2023 and resulted in his arrest on 17 March 2023. The investigations revealed an actual prejudice of more than R11.4 million.

The accused made a short appearance in Gqeberha New Law Magistrate’s Court on the same day of his arrest. He was remanded in custody to reappear in the same court on 22 March 2023 for formal bail application.


Captain Yolisa Mgolodela
071 481 2429