KZN health employee in court for petrol card fraud

KZN health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, has applauded the Department’s Internal Audit and Risk Management Unit for cracking a petrol card fraud case involving a mortuary worker and a petrol garage employee.

The two men were arrested last week after an investigation by the department, and appeared in court. It is alleged that they had devised a plan whereby they were profiting from the fraudulent processing of payments for fuel bought for departmental vehicles.

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They would then share the spoils among themselves. The suspects were not asked to plead, and remained in custody until August 7, 2017. They appeared in court again for their formal bail applications.

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Reacting to the arrests, MEC Dhlomo said, “We certainly welcome this arrest, and hope that it will send out a strong message to employees of the department and anyone else who wishes to collude with them to commit crime. There is simply no room for fraudulent or corrupt activities in the department. We are tired of people who abuse and squander scarce government resources for their own narrow and selfish ends.”

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