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N Cape health official fined for bursary fraud

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Lindiwe Cynthia Nqumashe escapes jail time but will have to repay close on R80 000

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A NORTHERN Cape Department of Health employee has been sentenced in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court after being found guilty of fraud and money laundering amounting to more than R80 000.

Lindiwe Cynthia Nqumashe, 44, was working for the provincial Department of Health when she approved extra bursary allocations to students’ accounts at various tertiary institutions. She then contacted the institutions and instructed them to transfer the extra portion of funds back into her personal account. The money was used for her personal gain.

Nqumashe pleaded guilty on all charges and was fined R50 000, with an alternative six years imprisonment, for all five counts of fraud. A total of R20 000 of the fine is payable immediately, while R30 000 will be paid in R1 500 monthly instalments.

Additionally, she was sentenced to three years imprisonment for money laundering, which is wholly suspended for five years on condition that she pays back R46 736.23 to the Department of Health in R500 monthly instalments.

In another separate an unrelated matter, Shimi Danny Glaswin Mayaba, 24, Lawrence Ngcobo, 37, and Jeremiah Assembly Ngala, 33, were also sentenced in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on a charge of fraud involving R597 880.

They were intercepted by the Hawks while busy with the fraudulent purchase of a vehicle at a prominent car dealer in Kimberley. – Norma Wildenboer