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Woman held for 'stealing' papgeld

By Alex Matlalamatlalaa@sowetan.co.za | Oct 08, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

POLICE have arrested a 32-year-old Seshego maintenance clerk for allegedly stealing papgeld amounting to about R40000.

The woman was arrested after it was discovered that she withdrew the money and pocketed it while the children the money was intended for were starving.

Meanwhile, Selby Makgotho, spokesperson for the department of health and social development, said criminal charges had been laid against more than 70 government employees for the same offence.

He said the offence was prevalent in Musina, where 14 people were arrested, Polokwane, Seshego, Mokopane, Jane Furse and Ba-Phalaborwa, Botlokwa and Bolobedu. In Musina, 34 civil servants were implicated in the fraudulent collection of maintenance money.

But only 14 employees were found to be engaged in corrupt activities and their cases are still pending in the Polokwane magistrate's court.

Investigations by the police special investigating unit discovered that one of the officials had collected R39000 since the beginning of the year and others collected between R10000 and R15000.

Limpopo police spokesperson Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba said the woman was arrested at work on Tuesday.

"Her arrest comes after a series of complaints from mothers who had gone to the offices to collect the money.

"They were allegedly told by officials that there was no sign of their money in their accounts and that they should come and check during following months," Ramatseba said.

He said the woman had allegedly targeted the money of parents who did not collect their money from the offices promptly.

"Internal investigations were launched and it was later discovered that the woman started stealing the money on June 1 this year until she was arrested on Tuesday."

The woman will appear in the Seshego magistrate's court on a charge of fraud today.


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