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Woman to appear in court for allegedly stealing RAF money

Former attorney, Betty Diale (52) was reportedly caught out by the Fidelity Fund, which oversees the
conduct of attorneys. The fund received several complaints from the Road Accident Fund claimants
said the National Prosecuting Authority, these claimants stated that their payments were deposited
into Diale’s trust account said the spokesperson, Henry Mamothane. During the investigation of the
crime, Diale was practicing as an attorney. The theft is said to have allegedly happened between
2009 and 2011, and she was charged with six counts in June last year.
“Diale is facing six charges of theft amounting to approximately R700 000 allegedly stolen from the
Road Accident Funds claimants,” said Henry. The Legal Practice Council has taken her off the roll,
meaning this prevents her from practicing as an attorney due the charges label on her name. Diale
appeared before the Rustenburg Regional Court on Monday 25 June 2022, where she was out on
warning and has been cautioned not to interfere with the state witness. “The matter was set for pre-
trial, however her defence attorney indicated to the court that they intend to enter negotiations
with the state about the charges” said Mamothane.
The state did not oppose the postponement and the former attorney is expected to return to the
same court on Monday 29 August 2022 for negotiations. According to information, the state will
engage with Diale’s attorney on the negotiations, although it is unknown what the negotiations are
about at this stage.

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