Former top FS municipal official found guilty

The case against the former Mantsopa Municipality’s Chief Financial Officer, Claudia Tsokoliso Seitleko, has been remanded to August 20 for sentencing.

This, after the 39-year-old was found guilty on several counts of fraud and theft amounting to more than R800 000.

OFM News reports, the Ficksburg Magistrate’s Court this week convicted Seitleko on 23 counts of fraud, and two counts of theft as prescribed in the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

The Free State Hawks spokesperson, Lynda Steyn, says Seitleko was served with court summons as far back as May 2018 following an investigation by the Hawks into the unlawful payments to two individuals, who were identified as her sister and friend.

Steyn in a statement explains “these undue payments were discovered in December 2016 and were carried out between June 2014 and December 2016. Personal details of former employees were used whilst the banking details belonged to Seitleko’s accomplices. Further investigations by the Hawks linked Seitleko to processing those to the system and revealed more fraudulent financial records purporting payments of certain entities, such as Provident Fund and Best Funeral Society, which were also undue payments to the banking details of the same accomplices”.

She adds both Seitleko’s accomplices, Claurina Sane (39) and Ntoaleng Elizabeth Seithleko (48), were convicted on 14 and 15 charges of money laundering respectively on 30 January 2019 and were each sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, wholly suspended for 5 years.