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East London Cllr appeared in court for allegedly defrauding grieving family

Dec 17, 2019
East London Cllr appeared in court for allegedly defrauding grieving family

East London - Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality councillor, Roseline Vitbooi (44), appeared in the East London Magistrate court on Friday for alleged fraud, which occurred during July 2017.

"The court appearance follows her arrest by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation on Friday in East London," said police spokesperson, Captain Anelisa Ngcakani.

"On the 03 July 2017, three Magopeni family members, from East London, died while they were trapped inside a burning shack.

"Vitbooi then allegedly submitted an application to the municipality and requested an amount of R10 000, which would be used to assist the family with funeral costs."

Apparently, the municipality approved the application on the 13 July 2017 and paid the amount into the affected family’s bank account.

"It is further alleged that the councillor then ordered the family to hand over half of the money to her, an instruction they complied with," Capt Ngcakani said.

"The East London Magistrate’s Court released Vitbooi on a warning and her case was postponed to the 13 January 2020."

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