Court lets go of Bopape allegedly accused of defrauding Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund

The Pretoria Magistrate’s Court today dropped charges against Ms Mapitse Tebogo Bopape who was allegedly accused of defrauding the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund.

The matter of Bopape has been dragging since last year while the State has been waiting for the finalisation of the docket and the decision of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to prosecute.

Stand-in Prosecutor Mr Abel Mokatane Ramokoma appealed for another postponement saying he Directorate of Public Prosecutions has not made a decision on the matter.

Magistrate Ms Francis said the matter has been prolonging for far too long, and the State would not grant another postponement.

After conducting an enquiry, I have decided that the matter will be struck off the roll,” said Ms Francis.

Bopape (33) from Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria is alleged to have defrauded the Department’s Compensation Fund of R46 500,00. Bopape had not yet pleaded. She is an Orthotist in private practice by profession. Bopape was out on a warning.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity under the administration of Department of Labour. The Fund’s mandate is to administer the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act. The main objective of the Act is to provide compensation for disablement of workers caused by occupational injuries or diseases sustained or contracted by workers, or for death resulting from such injuries or diseases, and provide for matters connected therewith.

Issued by: Mokgadi Pela  

Acting Departmental Spokesperson

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