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Convicted Fraudster Sentenced To 135 Years In Prison For R11 Million Fraud

A fraudster who was found guilty has been given a life sentence of 135 years in jail so that he may warn others about the futility of their actions.

When all 32 instances of fraud are added together, Lindelani Gumede's total sentence comes to 135. There will be some sentences that run consecutively, but the total time in prison will amount to 20 years.

Over R11 million was stolen by Gumede from the COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance Fund, Temporary Employment Relief Funds. Gumede is the first person in Gauteng province to face charges related to COVID-19 corruption.

A number of Mzansi residents have expressed outrage at the severity of the sentence, with others claiming that this is exactly what should be done with all fraudsters, and especially the major ones in government who masquerade as leaders of society.

Despite Gumede's punishment, some members of society believe that only a select few offenders are ever brought to justice.

From May 2020 to March 2021, the convicted fraudster, a bookkeeper, filed bogus documents to collect Unemployment Insurance Funds under the names of four bakeries for whom he was consulting.

After Hawks looked into the situation, he was detained, and he has been on trial since then.

After the punishment, many people took to their keyboards to express their amazement that the convicted fraudster would be released from prison in a few years.

"Since his crime is relatively minor, he will be released from prison in two years to freely spend his newfound wealth. Long sentences for the poor and shorter ones for the powerful and rich: this is the reality in South Africa "individuals expressed their sadness.

"Clearly, he is the culprit responsible for my inability to collect my due. After two years of filing claims and hearing nothing back from this office, "Some people were losing their temper over the entire situation.


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