Woman jailed after she stole R9 million

A 42-year-old woman, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court after being found guilty on 126 counts of theft.

The case, which dates back to her time working for a mining company, has shocked many in the North West province.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Tinyiko Mathebula, the North West spokesperson for the Hawks, Dinah Botes’ troubles began in 2022 when it was discovered that she had been involved in fraudulent activities while employed at Sitona Mining.

Over a period spanning from 2014 to 2019, Botes allegedly siphoned off more than R9 million from the company’s funds and diverted it into her personal bank accounts.

The investigation conducted by the Hawks’ Rustenburg-based serious commercial crime unit revealed the extent of Botes’ deceitful actions.

A warrant for her arrest was issued, and she was apprehended on June 13, 2022.

The subsequent legal proceedings led to her conviction on multiple counts of theft, resulting in a substantial prison sentence.

The case serves as a stark reminder of the importance of maintaining integrity and ethical conduct in the workplace.

Botes’ actions not only betrayed the trust of her employer but also had a significant impact on the company’s financial stability.

The severity of her sentence reflects the gravity of her crimes and sends a clear message that such behaviour will not be tolerated.

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