The Mthatha based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team of the Hawks arrested Edith Duna (46) on 16 February 2023 for numerous counts of fraud.
It is alleged that between January and June 2022, Duna who is employed as an expenditure accountant at Port St Johns Local Municipality created two shell companies, Imizamoyethu Construction and Zamambo Trading with an intention to defraud the municipality.
She reportedly processed fifteen fictitious payments on the municipality systems which were subsequently paid to her personal bank account without services being rendered.
The matter was reported to the Hawks which led to her arrest on 16 February 2023.
The investigation revealed that the municipality was prejudiced cash worth more than R260 000-00. Duna made her first court appearance in the Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on the very same day of arrest and was released on a warning.
The matter was remanded to 2 March 2023 for docket disclosure.