A woman who allegedly defrauded people by promising them jobs at Transnet appeared in court yesterday.
Ntokozo Mathebula, 23, appeared in the KaBokweni magistrate's court where she is to face nine counts of fraud. She was refused bail after investigating officer Inspector Samuel Nkosi told the court she was unreliable.
Magistrate Mandla Sambo asked Mathebula if she had taken the money from the victims and she said: "Yes, I did but I was tempted."
Mathebula told the court that her reason for the bail application was that she wanted to be out of custody so she could be able to refund the people she had defrauded. The money is estimated at R80000.
The magistrate remanded her in custody pending her next court appearance on March 16.
Mathebula allegedly convinced people, most of them her friends, to pay between R3500 and R10000 in exchange for jobs at Transnet, where she claimed she worked in the human resources section.
Her victims include a Nelspruit-based police reservist Nonhlanhla Sibanyoni and two women working at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital's laboratory.
The two women, Mpumi Buyeye and Thuli Ngwenya, claimed they gave Mathebula R5000 and R8000 respectively.
But Buyeye was later refunded.
Ngwenya said she opened a fraud case against Mathebula at Hillbrow police station last week.
Mathebula at Rocky's Drift between Nelspruit and White River on the night of February 19.