Bogus lawyer sentenced for siphoning road accidents funds
The Witbank Regional Court has on Monday, 25 November, found guilty and sentenced Wellington Buti Nkathi (58) for Theft and Practicing as an Attorney without Fidelity Certificate, which is required for one to practice as an admitted attorney.
It is alleged that in March 2009 Nkathi who was a lawyer failed to renew his fidelity certificate after it was revoked because of his misconduct from claiming from the Road Accident Fund on behalf of clients and pocketed a total amount of R400 000.00.
During that time the Law Society opened a case and it was transferred to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit and the accused was subsequently arrested.
The accused was sentenced for Theft to two years imprisonment suspended for four years on condition that the accused is not convicted of Theft committed during the period of suspension. For practicing as an attorney without a Certificate the accused was sentenced to four years imprisonment and he also has to pay R2 000.00. If he fails to pay, he will serve two months imprisonment.
Former senior department of justice official and accomplish denied bail for R1.7 million fraud
A 44-year-old Bina Masuku, former Mpumalanga Master of High Court and her accomplice, Elvis Kgosiemang (35), a so-called lawyer, were denied bail by the Nelspruit Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 27 November and the case is postponed to 10 January 2020 for further investigation. The duo was remanded in custody.
The investigation which was launched by the Hawks Serious Commercial Investigations in 2018 has been probing the alleged siphoning of claimants’ funds from the Masters’ office for almost two years.
It was established that Masuku allegedly directed claimants to the “lawyer” (her boyfriend) to process their claims. Some claimants never received their money. Instead it was shared between the two. So far almost R1.7 million has since disappeared from eight families.
Enquiries have revealed that the boyfriend was not a lawyer. Masuku misrepresented the State by claiming that she is a South African citizen. The Department of Home Affairs’ Immigration Division has finalised their investigation into her status in the country.
It is suspected that the missing R1.7 million is just the tip of the iceberg as the complaints are still coming to the Hawks Offices to report that they saw that Kgosiemang, the lawyer who robbed them, was arrested.
The Provincial Head of The Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation Mpumalanga, Major General Zodwa Mokoena applauded the Investigation Team, The Home Affairs Officials, The Protesting Authority and The Magistrate’s office for work well done of denying bail against the duo, who during the bail application, it was established that Bina Masuku who claimed to be a South African, was not true and it was confirmed that she is a from Malawi while Kgosiemang did not clearly mention his residential address, his parents or siblings which proved to the Court that information given by the duo was not reliable. “We cannot turn a blind eye – while we see the extreme work done by the team. We hope to secure goods sentence at the end of the investigation,” Major General Mokoena concluded.
Men should be at the forefront of the war against gender-based violence
Men should be at the forefront to fight the ongoing war against gender-based violence by, amongst others, instilling good values in their children, especially boys.
The MEC emphasised that boys should be taught by their fathers to respect girls, their mothers and all women.
This, Shabalala explained, will mould them to grow up respecting women so that they do not grow to become abusive later on in life.
MEC Shabalala was speaking during the provincial launch of 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children campaign at Mandela Village in Kwamhlanga on 28 November.
“Men should instil good values in their own children such that these boys grow up respecting every person, young and old including all women they come across even when they have grown up,” Shabalala said.
She went on to state that parents must refrain from quarrelling in front of their children because the minors become negatively affected and they will also not respect other people especially women.
“The habit of belittling one another in front of children is also emotional and psychological abuse,” the MEC said.
“Psychological abuse is even worse because it cannot be seen yet the scars are long lasting and victims become affected in many negative ways sometimes without them even realising.”
“Therefore, adults should resolve their differences in an amicable manner and also seek professional help where necessary,” Shabalala added.
The MEC told community members that government was doing all in its might to eradicate the scourge.
However, she insisted that communities should work with police in the fight against the scourge because it is the responsibility of everyone and not government alone to bring an end to gender-based violence.
She said all crime suspects must be reported to the police so that perpetrators are brought to book.
Shabalala has further implored community members not to withdraw abuse cases because that does not bring the cycle to an end as perpetrators go unpunished.
The MEC also mentioned that more programmes that are geared towards empowering young people will be implemented as they often become victims or perpetrators of abuse in many relationships that have gone wrong.
She has thus called on community leaders including traditional leadership to have specific programmes that will assist the youth.
She has also called for more empowerment of women with job opportunities so that they do not become vulnerable to abuse.
On the other hand, SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lt. Gen Mondli Zuma urged the community to report abuse and testify in such cases.
Commissioner Zuma advised the community to write down full details of cases and provide as much information as possible because this was vital for successful prosecution in cases of abuse.
Sister murdered and brother injured: suspects sought
A 24-year-old woman and her 21-year-old brother were hitch-hiking on the R555 (Old Ogies Road) on Monday, 25 November, which led to the sister losing her life.
According to the reports, the two siblings, who are originally from Carolina, were coming back from a job interview in Gauteng and the taxi they were travelling in dropped them off at Witbank. From there they had to get other transport that would ferry them to Carolina.
Preliminary information suggests that a minibus came and offered them a lift. However, the two were surprised when the men who gave them the lift, produced firearms and started to rob them of their personal belongings as well as assaulting them. The suspects also took an opposite direction towards Gauteng rather than the direction to Carolina. According to information at police disposal, the siblings were apparently forced out of the minibus in different spots but not far apart while it was still in motion. They were however spotted by a passer-by who immediately summoned for help.
The two were found in a critical condition and the medical personnel who attended to the scene, quickly took them to hospital for medical treatment.
Unfortunately, the 24-year-old woman later died in hospital and the brother survived. The Pathological services have already conducted a post-mortem which the results will indicate the cause of death as well as well as other violations.
Police are investigating a case of murder as well as attempted murder and in that regard. Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, the Provincial Commissioner of Mpumalanga, has in the meantime strongly condemned this heartless incident and indicated that the police are hard at work hunting down the suspects. On the same note, General Zuma has further urged anyone with vital information that may be relevant to the investigation, to contact the nearest police as soon as possible.
The public can provide the much-anticipated information to Detective Captain Joseph Ntuli on 079 194 9327 / 10111 can also be called or enormously call 08600 10111.