MPUMALANGA MASTER OF HIGH COURT AND HER COMPANION BACK IN COURT FOR TRIAL ON FRAUD CHARGES
MPUMALANGA – The Mpumalanga Master of High Court Bina Masuku(46) and her companion Elvis Kgosiemang (37), arrested by the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team on the 07 November 2019 for Fraud, Corruption, Money Laundering and Contravention of the Immigration Act appeared before the Nelspruit Commercial Crime Court for trial on Wednesday 21 April 2021.
Masuku was denied bail and remanded in custody while her companion Kgosiemang released on R30 000 bail on 03 June 2020.
The arrest followed the investigation which was launched by the Serious Commercial Crime Investigations probing the alleged siphoning of claimants funds from the Masters office for almost two years.
It was established that the senior official allegedly directed claimants to her unqualified “ lawyer’’ boyfriend to process the claims. Some claimants never received their monies, instead it was shared amongst the two. Approximately R1.7 Million has since disappeared from twelve families.
The enquiries have revealed that the boyfriend is not a lawyer and she misrepresented the state by claiming to be a South African.
The Department of Home Affairs’ Immigration Division has finalised their investigation into her status in the country.
The probe into the matter further linked the two companies Zanvise multi holdings(PTY) LTD and Tanvise trust service(PTY) LTD as accused number three and four respectively, they were also charged.
During the court appearance on Wednesday the defence requested a postponement of the case in order for them to prepare for representation of the added accused.
The matter is postponed to 17,18 and 20 May 2021 for trail. The witnesses were warned to appear in court on the 17 May 2021 for trial.
Bina Masuku remains in custody while the bail for Elvis Kgosiemang is extended until the next court date.
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