May 29, 2022

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Ex-council staff jailed for pocketing R138,000 in cemetery fraud

Two Western Cape community workers have been jailed over burial site fraud.

Mossel Bay Magistrates Court sentenced Megan Kim Abdul, 34, and Francis Siphokazi Majola, 51, to five years in prison on Friday.

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Hawks spokeswoman Zinzi Hani said the former Mossel Bay community employees rigged the purchase of gravesites. Hani said the pair were arrested in 2018 by the Hawks’ major white collar crime investigation team after pocketing R138,000.

“Abdul and Majola were involved in changing the status of undertakers, those of undertakers from a standard burial to a poor burial or a cremation and other related irregularities without the undertaker being aware of the changes,” Hani said.

“The Hawks’ complicated investigation revealed that these multiple fraudulent incidents the intervening took place from July 2016 to April 2018. The duo ordered city telleres to pay them the difference and pocketed the money for personal gain.”

Two years of her sentence were suspended for five years.

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