Ex-NFP chair in court for fraud
FORMER chairwoman of the National Freedom Party in Limpopo, Mulalo Mokoena, will know on Thursday whether or not she will be granted bail.
Mokoena, 51, who appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court yesterday alongside two of her co-accused, is accused of defrauding several people of thousands of rands.
Her lawyer, Chris Koen, and her business partner, Johan Lambrecht, were granted bail of R10000 each and their case was postponed to October 31.
They are accused of acting "with common purpose" when they allegedly assisted Mokoena to defraud several people of money amounting to R750,000.
The investigating officer yesterday said that she would oppose bail.
Mokoena allegedly defrauded a farmer who she had promised a R3.8-million loan.
It is alleged Koen had lured the farmer to seek a loan from Mokoena. He allegedly told the farmer to deposit R7,100 to secure the loan.
Mokoena is also accused of presenting fraudulent documents to a local car dealership that authorised her to buy three cars without a deposit.
The cars have not been paid for and one of them is damaged "beyond repair" after one of Mokoena's business associates was involved in an accident.
At the time of her arrest last week, Mokoena was out on R2,000 bail after her arrest in September last year when she was charged with 19 counts of fraud.
Police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Mokoena had allegedly swindled unsuspecting members of the party out of thousands of rands.
The party's provincial secretary, Caroline Manamela, allegedly gave Mokoena her Chrysler Voyager after Mokoena had promised to pay for it, but never did.
Manamela also allegedly gave Mokoena hand-crafted conference furniture worth R82000, a three-door fridge and a photocopying machine, which she is also alleged to have promised to pay for.
She claims that Mokoena gave her a cheque for R97,000, but when she went to cash it she discovered that the account on which the cheque was drawn no longer existed.
Godfrey Tlaka alleges that he gave Mokoena R148,000 in cash and was given two cheques which later bounced.