On Monday 27 February 2023, Zinhle Dlamini (35) and Nomcebo Ngcobo (29) briefly appeared in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court for charges of fraud as well as money laundering.
It is alleged that in May 2020, both accused connived with Nana Mbuto and submitted false claims for Covid-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme to the Department of Labour.
The accused allegedly increased a number of non-existing employees in their companies.
Dlamini was paid R705 264.12 and Ngcobo was paid R894 669.25.
The Department of Labour conducted an internal investigation and a case of fraud was reported at Durban Central police station.
The case docket was allocated to the Hawks team that deals with Covid-19 related investigation as a result they were arrested. Mbuto was arrested in February 2021 and she is out on bail.
Dlamini and Ngcobo were granted R10 000-00 bail each.
The case was postponed to 21 June 2023.