- An official from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Public Works is accused of doing in a pensioner, Richard Bhekuyise Nxumalo
- The pensioner's bank card and ID was apparently taken by the official and she's accused of cashing in on his money
- Richard has since opened a case of fraud
A manager at the Department of Public Works in KwaZulu-Natal is accused of using a pensioner's money for herself.
IOL News reports that the official's name is withheld as she has not been officially charged yet.
She has apparently been using Richard Bhekuyise Nxumalo's money, - his pension and salary - since August 2018, when he retired after working as a cleaner for nearly 25 years.
Furthermore, it is reported the pensioner does not have food while his card has been used at Debonairs, Woolworths, Checkers and Spar.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Richard's ID and bank card has been taken and held by the official because he allegedly has a mental condition and spends his money unwisely.
According to his daughter, Nosipho Bhengu, they have exhausted all options and channels to get back her father's card and ID.
"I am frustrated that my father would have a dull Christmas because his money could not be accessed."
She says her father did not shop at the places the card was used - he barely has food.
"I only saw a 10kg bag of rice and 2kg chicken portions. We are starving. We only have a 2-litre maas (sour milk) in the fridge and parcels of beef meat from a stokvel."
Strangely enough, money was deposited into Nosipho's account after she kept asking for her father's card - an amount of R50 000.
Dudu Fihlela, the department’s district manager, is aware of the pensioner's savings card being kept in a safe.
However, she denies that the bank card was used irregularly, adding that Richard has shown symptoms of memory loss in the past.
At times he would be found loitering along Musgrave. We realised he had no money. We had no alternative but to look after him. He was always broke. He was always absent from work for days because he had no transport fares. When we followed through his bank, Nxumalo had zero balance despite being recently paid.
It is claimed that attempts to find Richard's family were unsuccessful. Furthermore, another relative was apparently found spending his money on items such as cellphones and a laptop. Loans were also taken in the pensioner's name.
“Nxumalo was sinking in debt and we tried to reverse all the monthly transactions. Different stores were approached in a bid to determine the extravagant spending of his salary but it was confirmed that Nxumalo had made the purchase."
Richard has opened a case of fraud in November.
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