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13 mil over 5 years... 200k a month... that’s some significant extra to hide every month. What is their budget like? So if you hid it in projects who was following up with those projects to confirm funds received? My guess is they left one person in charge of everything and gave them the keys. This is why NGOs need solid M&E systems and why the general public needs to chill when a chunk of the budget goes to M&E.It wasn't taken all at once though, a bit here and there disguised as legitimate spending would do it.
DURBAN - The director of the KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society has been fired as it is alleged that R12 million of the organisation’s funds was stolen on her watch.
Shamila Surjoo was dismissed on Thursday after being found guilty on charges of gross negligence, breach of fiduciary duties and loss of trust. However, Surjoo has denied any wrongdoing and has said she will fight her dismissal.
DURBAN - Barley a month after he vowed to save the cash strapped KZN Blind and Deaf Society from closing its doors, former Constitutional Court Justice Zak Yacoob has resigned.
Justice Yacoob, who chaired the society’s board, recently took over the day-to-day operations of the organisation after its director, Shamilla Surjoo, was dismissed following an internal disciplinary hearing.
Now the organisation has been left without leadership and is struggling to stay afloat.
Yesterday, Justice Yacoob confirmed he had resigned on Friday, but refused to divulge the reason.
Last month, he was embroiled in a bitter public spat with Surjoo after her dismissal. Justice Yacoob had accused her of not doing her job after it emerged that the society’s financial officer had allegedly stolen R12 million from the organisation’s bank accounts over a six-year period. The woman had reported directly to Surjoo.
Nothing left to steal, "I'm outa here"Judge resigns from KZN Blind and Deaf Society
More at: https://www.iol.co.za/mercury/news/judge-resigns-from-kzn-blind-and-deaf-society-20826029
Durban - A Durban couple who pleaded guilty to defrauding the KZN Blind and Deaf Society of R12 million will remain behind bars until they are sentenced.
Ruvanya Ramiah, 31, and Ayush Rambally, 32, pleaded guilty to fraud and theft respectively, in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday.
Natasha Kara, the provincial spokesperson for the NPA, said Ramiah pleaded guilty to 354 counts of fraud, amounting to over R12 million, while Rambally pleaded guilty to 79 counts of theft, amounting to approximately R1.7 million.
“In her plea, Ramiah stated that she was employed as a Finance Officer, at the KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society from March 2012 to February 2019.
“Her duties included salary payments and general payments, and she had access to and control of the Society’s banking accounts.
“She said she committed the fraud by paying herself inflated salaries, twice and sometimes more times in the same month.
“She also created false payments to suppliers and fabricated evidence to support those payments.
“The money was going into her bank account and that of her husband (Rambally),” Kara said.
Highly unlikely as it was over such a long period it was probably being spent as it came in.Life imprisonment is the only apt punishment for these two.
Did they manage to recover any of the money?