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Alleged R7 million fraudster gets R15 000 bail in East London court

JUNE 26, 2015
Alleged R7 million fraudster gets R15 000 bail in East London court

A woman accused of defrauding the Twelve Apostles Church in Christ in East London of R7.09 million, with her husband, was on Thursday granted a R15 000 bail by the East London Magistrate’s Court. The State chose not to oppose her bail as she is pregnant but her husband will remain behind bars.

The couple, Zola Maziyana and his wife, Zukiswa, are facing 53 counts of fraud andadditional 123 counts of money laundering under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

Zukiswa was granted bail on conditions that she does not contact any of the witnesses as the court believes that she may interfere with them. She was also instructed to report to the police investigator if she wants to leave the East London magisterial area.

Her husband was denied bail because he had been allegedly threatening witnesses - even prior to the bail hearing.

According to the State, the Twelve Apostles Church in Christ appointed Maziyana,who is also the President of the South African Social Practitioners’ Union (SASPU), to investigate delays in payments due to the church from a Sanlam affinity financial scheme.

He then allegedly lied to the church that the National Prosecuting Authority and/or Asset Forfeiture Unit were assisting him in the investigations and needed to be reimbursed for their costs.

Church President, Professor Caesar Nongqunga, then transferred R6.8 million from the church’s bank account and R227 000 from his personal bank account into Zukiswa’s accounts.

The couple reportedly took the money and bought a R1.08 million property in East London's Sunnyridge surbub; building materials worth R203 385 for family homes in Tabankulu and Cungcwini as well as vehicles worth R320 809.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit has since attached the couple’s assets totalling R4 million.

However, in a statement, SASPU said there was a conspiracy against Maziyana and his wife.

“We know that all this is political. It has nothing to do with Maziyana as a person but it is targeting the organisation,” Deputy President, David Kayingana, told the Daily Dispatch.