Couple in court for defrauding Labour Dept

Thomas Masenyane. (Photos: Tumelo waga Dibakwane.).)

Masoka Dube

WITBANK- A man and his girlfriend accused of defrauding the Department of Labour about R130 000 appeared briefly in the Witbank Magistrate Court yesterday. Thomas Masenya(40) and Koketso Mosehle (31) were granted R1000 bail each and their case has been postponed to the 7th of November to allow the police to conduct further investigation.

It is alleged that Masenya and Mosehle falsely claimed the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). They were arrested yesterday after the police got a tip-off and launched an investigation. “Masenya was a supervisor at department of labour’s UIF where he was responsible for applications and claims. His wife, Mosehle who is a professional nurse at a clinic in Witbank recruited people to submit their Identity books and assist them to falsely apply for the UIF as if they were working for different companies. After the forms and other related documents were completed, Masenya allegedly captured them on the system.

Koketso Mosehle is also implicated in the UIF scam.

When the application is approved the couple reportedly advised the ID owners to withdraw the money and give them their share. Our investigation revealed that if the money is R30 000 the couple would take R25 000 and the owner of the ID book gets R5000,” said Mpumalanga Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Sekgotodi. Sekgotodi said the crime was committed from 2010 until 2016 when an internal investigation was launched. Masenya who was later found guilty in a disciplinary meeting and dismissed. Sekgotodi said Mosehle was still working at the same clinic. Investigation is continuing against the two.

Meanwhile, another couple who own a construction company appeared in Siyabuswa Mdutjane Regional Court last week after they failed to declare that the Dr JS Moroka Municipality mistakenly paid them R10.6 million instead of paying them R1.6 million for the service they rendered. George Shadrack Mabaso and Maria Isabel Mabusa were granted R10 00 bail each and the case was postponed to next month. The case was postponed to allow the two a chance to interact with their new lawyer. When contacted for comment, Dr JS Moroka spokesperson Ramatsetse Masabata said: ” The municipality commenced with the disciplinary processes and suspended the official involved in the transaction. I cannot comment further as the matter is currently in court.”