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Hawks secures 6 years imprisonment and recover stolen municipal funds

Media statement
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (HAWKS)

NORTHERN CAPE – On Tuesday, 8 August 2023, Colesberg Regional Court sentenced Sivuyile Stali (40) and his wife, Vivian Stali (31) after finding them guilty for fraud/theft and money laundering. The husband Sivuyile was sentenced to (6) six year direct imprisonment after being charged with 262 counts of fraud/theft and money laundering.  The wife Vivian was sentenced to (3) three years correctional supervision, which entails house arrest and 16 hour per month community service.

The couple were accused of defrauding Colesberg based Umsobombu Local Municipality of an amount of R2 490.759.39. The husband, Mr Stali was employed by the municipality as a chief clerk responsible for salaries, used his position to defraud the municipality by transferring the municipal funds into his personal account and that of his wife. The Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team working in tandem with National Director of Public Prosecutions Asset Forfeiture Unit, had earlier secured a recovery order, amounting to R364 753.03.

The same court ordered South African Local Authority Fund to pay the order amount (R364 753.03) from Mr Stali’s pension savings, the confiscation order is in-line with section 18 (1) of Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA). Sivuyile Stali was further declared unfit possess a firearm in line with Section 103 of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000. The Provincial Head of Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Major General Stephen Mabuela appreciated the investigation team for working together resulting in the recovery. 


Lieutenant Colonel Tebogo Thebe
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