CAPE TOWN – An Eastern Cape woman appeared in court after she allegedly defrauded the Road Accident Fund (RAF).
Spokesperson for the provincial Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) Captain Yolisa Mgolodela said Nyameka Katshwa, 48, was arrested on Tuesday by the Serious Commercial Crime investigation unit in East London.
She said it is alleged that on July 14, 2007, Katshwa made a fraudulent claim against the RAF after her husband died in a motor vehicle accident.
“She made the claims on behalf of her stepchildren (the deceased’s minor children) who were not under her guardianship as they were staying with other relatives,” Mgolodela said.
She said the claim for the funds were successful and Katshwa was paid R514,000 by the RAF.
Investigation into the matter found that Katshwa never used the money for her stepchildren’s needs, but rather for her own use.