WARRANT OF ARREST ISSUED AGAINST A ZAMBIAN NATIONAL’S CO-ACCUSED FACING MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES

WARRANT OF ARREST ISSUED AGAINST A ZAMBIAN NATIONAL’S CO-ACCUSED FACING MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES

The Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, sitting in Rustenburg, postponed the case against Evan Mutale (44), a Zambian national and Dineo Precious Powane, to 26 September 2023, for Powane to appear in court following her absence. Her attorney indicated in court that she sent him a medical certificate dated 30 August 2023, booking her off until 01 September 2023.

The state applied for a warrant for her arrest, pending her appearance in court on the set date. Failure to appear will result in her arrest and an automatic forfeiture of her bail money. The state argued that she informed her attorney about her ill health on Monday, 28 August 2023, but only decided to consult a doctor a day before the resumption of the trial. This the state views as a delay tactic, to avoid a speedy completion of trial.

Powane is facing charges of money laundering, while Mutale is facing 49 charges of fraud and one of money laundering, after his arrest by the SAPS Provincial Commercial Crime Unit on 12 April 2023, in Rustenberg. He was charged for stealing over R5 million, from Jaira Constructions and Projects, where he was employed as an accountant, responsible for managing accounts, payroll, and loading payments. Powane was granted R3000 bail, while Mutale is out on R10 000 bail.

It is alleged that between September 2019 and November 2020, Mutale fraudulently transferred money into an account belonging to Powane, who has no links to the company but is known to him. These transactions were allegedly done under the pretence of paying a service provider for services rendered to the company. In the process, he deceived his supervisor to make final authorisations for money to be transferred into Powane’s bank account. Investigations revealed that some of this money was later transferred to his bank account and, as such contributed to the state charging him with money laundering.

The Director of Public Prosecutions in the North West, Dr Rachel Makhari, expressed her concern over the delays, as they create an unnecessary backlog in court matters.

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