Coega boss’ wife sentenced

AUGUST 22, 2016

The attorney wife of Coega Development Corporation CEO Pepe Silinga, Pumla, was sentenced to an effective eight years behind bars by the Port Elizabeth Special Commercial Crimes Court on Friday, in relation to fraud charges totaling R95 000.

In a statement, police spokesperson Captain Anelisa Feni said Silinga was appointed attorney by a real estate agent in 2008 to conduct a transfer of funds after a woman bought a house in Zwide from the agency. The amount was however never transferred and paid back to the client.

Feni said Silinga was arrested in October 2013 and released on warning, but subsequently failed to appear in court when a warrant for her arrest was issued. She was re-arrested in April this year and pleaded guilty on a charge of fraud, but again failed to appear for sentencing a month later. A warrant for her arrest was issued.

“As a result, Silinga was sentenced on 5 August 2016 at the same court to 60 days direct imprisonment for Contempt of court. Two years of this [eight] sentence has been suspended for five years, which means that the Port Elizabeth attorney will serve six years direct imprisonment,” Feni said.