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Accused sentenced for fraud and corruption

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks)

KWAZULU-NATAL – On Friday, 08 March 2024, Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court sentenced Ramonia Naidu (46) for fraud and corruption.

During the period between May 2017 and November 2018, Naidu was employed by Anchor Yeast at Amanzimtoti. It was discovered that she colluded with a service provider who was supplying chemicals to Anchor Yeast and defrauded the company more than R2 million. Naidu placed orders from the supplier and falsified delivery notes. She would then receive payment for personal gain.

The company received information about the irregularities and an audit was conducted. During the audit, it was revealed that Naidu was defrauding the company. A case of fraud and corruption was reported at Amanzimtoti police station and the case docket was allocated to the Hawks members from Durban Serious Corruption Investigation for further investigation.

Naidu was arrested in April 2023 and appeared in court several times until she was convicted in December last year. She was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for fraud of which three years’ is suspended for five years’ on condition that she is not convicted of theft or fraud during the period of suspension. Naidu was further sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for corruption and her sentence will run concurrently. 


Lieutenant Colonel Simphiwe Mhlongo
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