Three appear in court for fraud, theft and corruption amounting to over R2m.

Three fugitives, Roland Smit (46), Michael Harris (38) and Alice Smit (40) recently appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on charges of corruption, fraud and theft. It is alleged that in 2018, Smit and Harris were employed as managers at Crown National food distributors in Nelspruit, where they outsourced transportation, against company policy, to other transport companies.

According to the police statement, these transport companies were paid from Crown National’s account. It is also reported that the duo would further transfer the money into their personal bank accounts, prejudicing Crown National of an actual loss of R ‪2 289 608.00.

It is alleged that Smit’s wife, Alice, was the administrator on behalf of these companies and she also received money into her personal bank account. The trio were released on R10 000 bail each with stringent conditions that include attending all court proceedings until the case is finalised and not interfering with the investigation and the witnesses. The case was postponed to the 20th of August, 2021 for further investigations.

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