Former Emalahleni Municipality’s employee arrested for failing to comply with bail conditions

 

Masoka Dube

 

FORMER Emalahleni Municipality employee Linda Potgieter(62) who has been convicted for corruption was recently denied bail for failure to comply with her bail conditions pending an appeal.

It is alleged that Potgieter who appeared in the Emalahleni Regional Court violated her bail conditions resulting in a warrant for her arrest being issued culminating in her arrest last Friday.

The case has been postponed to July 26 for a formal bail application.

It is alleged that between January 2004 and July 2009, Potgieter was a manager of the Emalahleni Municipality internal Sports Club.

“Employees of the municipality contributed member fees, deducted from their salaries. When contributions reached a substantial amount, Potgieter started an in-house lending scheme which motivated the employees to make further investments in the hope of increasing their earnings,” said Mpumalanga’s Hawks spokesperson Captain Deneo Lucy Sekgotodi.

“The scheme collapsed after Potgieter transferred just over R4-million into her account. The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit was entrusted with the probe after a case was registered during 2015,” she said.

She was arrested and charged on 737 counts of fraud. She was sentenced to six years direct imprisonment on the 18th February 2015 and was subsequently released on bail of R10 000.00 after she appealed against the judgement.