Most siblings dream of securing better lives and they often work hard in order to realize their dreams.
Two sisters have become internet sensations for the wrong reasons. They manage to rob the OR Tambo Municipality of more than R9 million.
Thumeka and Nyameka Qongqo were, however, incarcerated after they failed to cover their tracks.
Nyameka was employed as an accountant at the OR Tambo municipality and she was the first one to get arrested after the Hawks started investigating the missing millions at the municipality.
She was charged with theft and money laundering. Her crime spree went undetected for six years.
Her sister Thumeka, who was also being investigated, was arraigned before the courts some time last week.
She allegedly connived with her accountant sister to deposit money into her account as payment for work rendered by her company.
Thumeka and her company, Ogiyonke, had received two successive undue payments which amounted to R4.5m into the business and personal accounts.
The transactions were made without any services rendered by the company nor the owner to the OR Tambo District Municipality.
The Hawks serious crime unit also descended on the two sisters lovers who confessed to the crimes.
The sisters were arrested in 2015 alongside Thumeka’s exboyfriend Thobani Notshokovu, 38. Notshokovu also pleaded guilty in January 2020 and paid a fine of R50,000.
Thumeka is yet to be sentenced and she will appear in court again on 21 July for sentencing.
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