Thabang Selemale (53) appeared before Mmabatho Magistrate’s Court on 13 April 2023, following his arrest by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation on Wednesday, 12 April 2023, in Pretoria for fraud.
It is alleged that the accused secured employment as a Financial Manager at the North West Provincial Treasury using fraudulent documents, including his wife’s identity document (ID) where he replaced the photograph of his wife, with his own. He allegedly further used the names of his wife in the application.
After the appointment, the PERSAL system could not authorise the allocation of a PERSAL number because his ID number was incorrect.
The department initiated internal investigations and during the process, it transpired that the accused subsequently submitted two false affidavits stating that he lost his ID and drivers licence and has applied to Home Affairs to have them re-issued and corrected.
The accused allegedly absconded from the department when he was due to undergo a disciplinary hearing.
It was later established that he allegedly owed the South African Revenue Services (SARS) and has a judgement against him of over R200 000 which was brought by SARS in the North Gauteng High Court on 24 July 2014.
He was released on R2000 bail and the matter was postponed to 4 May 2023 for Regional Court appearance.
The Provincial Head for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation,Major General Patrick Mbotho and the Director for Public Prosecutions in North West, Dr Rachel Makhari-Sekhaolelo welcomed the arrest and lauded the sterling work by the investigating officer and the prosecutor, Adv. Phius Mosegedi.
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