Limpopo lawyer appears in court on R4 million fraud

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

A 39-year-old Limpopo advocate, Andries Zibutha Mokoena, of Burgersfort, appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Thursday on a charge of theft of nearly R4 million.

According to the police, the money was deposited into Mokoena’s trust account after the Limpopo Provincial Department of Rural Development and Land Reform had made payments regarding a land claim.

Mokoena had been appointed to facilitate this deal.

However, a criminal case was opened after it had been established that Mokoena had pocketed the money.

A second deal and payment had to be made between the Department and the land owner after Mokoena could not account for the money.

The Department drew the attention of the Law Society of Limpopo to the case and they struck Mokoena off the roll.

The Polokwane Magistrate released Mokoena on R20 000 bail after his first appearance today. He is due to appear in the same court again on 28 October 2014.

“We have explored all avenues to reveal the truth in this case and we are convinced that Mokoena's prosecution will reveal the details about what had happened to the money,” said the Limpopo Provincial Head of the Hawks, Major General Dibero Molatjana.