Pinky Norah Mbatsane(66), Nancy Mbatsane ( 47) and Sibusiso Mbatsane (46), recently appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court. They were served by Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team with summons to appear before court on charges of fraud, theft and money laundering.
It is alleged that Pinky Norah Mbatsane, a former director in the government department along with her son, Sibusiso Mbatsane, and her daughter-in-law, Nancy Mbatsane colluded to defraud the Department of Education over R6.4 million. All three suspects were employed in the same government department.
Sibusiso, who worked as an inspector along with his wife Nancy who was a Nutrition Monitor reportedly moved around Mpumalanga recruiting private companies for tender contracts. They took company documents from the owners and submitted them to the department as if those companies rendered services to the State.
These companies would receive undue payments from the department, the trio would later collet the funds from the owners of the companies. The government department subsequently suffered a total loss of approximately R6 414 659,94 due to their fraudulent activities.
The case against the trio was postponed to the 12th of July 2021 for appointment of the attorneys.