Hlamalani Dorris Mashimbye (47) and her husband, William Khosa (75) made a second court appearance at the Malamulele Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 21 October 2020.
The couple is facing charges of fraud, theft, and money laundering worth R3, 166 498. Their bail hearing started on Monday, 19 October 2020 and the case adjourned to Wednesday.
Mashimbye of Jilongo village outside Malamulele township claimed Unemployment Insurance Funds (UIF) on behalf of the 240 employees from April to August 2020. She put a claim during the lockdown period, which was part of relief measures to cushion citizens from the devastation of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mashimbye is a Director of Mtititi Drop-In Centre. The accused was awarded the contract under EPW in 2019. Mashimbye employed 240 people to clean cementries, clear bushes in schools and roads in the community of Mtititi, Lombard and Merwe.
It is alleged that the accused terminated the employment contracts of the employees in March 2020.
It’s understood that the Department of Labour received complaints from former employees of Mtititi Drop-in Centre alleging that they did not receive their UIF payments, despite the money having been paid to the former employer’s bank account. The aforesaid employees did not benefit from the UIF.
Meanwhile, Khosa was arrested for allegedly withdrawing 150 Thousand Rand from the bank account of the Mtititi Drop-In Centre with the aim of hiding it.
The accused were remanded in custody until Monday, 26 October 2020 for bail judgement.