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Alleged fraud doctor's case postponed, and other brief news reports...

Publish date: 03 October 2013
Issue Number: 3372
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: General

* The case of a doctor accused of defrauding a private medical scheme and the Labour Department was postponed in the Brits Magistrate's Court yesterday. Dr Ganesh Anil Anirudhra will return to the North West court on 12 February next year. He is out on R20 000 bail. Anirudhra faces 319 charges of fraud against Bonitas Medical Scheme and the department's Compensation Fund (CF) which covers injured workers. - The Citizen

* A woman who gave cash loans to the poor, allegedly in violation of the National Credit Act, appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court, Cape Town, yesterday. Faeza Mitchells (36) was not asked to plead when she appeared before Magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg. She is to go on trial on 9 October in the form of a plea bargain. According to the charge sheet, Mitchells illegally took possession of her clients' ID documents and bank cards, including ATM access cards, or SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) cards. - IoL * The resumption of the bail application by Claudius Chetty (19), who allegedly killed his girlfriend Rashmika Janthielayal (17) on a Pietermaritzburg campus in June, has been delayed because the state has to verify fresh information presented to the Magistrate's Court. The case has been adjourned to 11 October. - The Mercury (subscription needed) * A R40m lease scam allegedly involving a Public Works Department administrator and a businessman was being investigated, the Hawks said yesterday. Captain Paul Ramaloko confirmed that the Hawks had been investigating department senior administrator Desmond Simamane and businessman Sayed Hoosen Mia. The men would appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on 15 January for a trial date to be set. They face charges of money laundering and corruption. − The Citizen * A 60-year-old man has been jailed for life by the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court for raping his teenaged step-daughter. The daughter was 16 when he started raping her in 2004. - News24 * A Limpopo detective and five co-accused have appeared in the Lephalale Magistrate's Court in connection with theft of liquor worth R15 000. Constable Johannes Mashitisho (27), of the Lephalale police station, appeared with his co-accused, Thabo Tswele, (22), Edwin Mogashoa (37), Buti Mnyakeni (30), Kgothatso Letswalo (22), and Evans Tolo (36). They were not asked to plead and faced charges of business burglary and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. − IoL