‘Daugh­ters trans­ferred my money’

Court hears of miss­ing mil­lions

Daily News - - NEWS - SNE MA­SUKU

AN UMZ­INTO mother could not con­trol her emo­tions on the wit­ness stand yes­ter­day as she told the Dur­ban Mag­is­trate’s Court how her two daugh­ters cleaned out her bank ac­count of more than R2 mil­lion from her hus­band’s es­tate.

The daugh­ters pleaded not guilty to steal­ing the money.

Zora Khan, 58, mother of two sons and two daugh­ters, told the court that the trans­fers of the monies hap­pened at her weak­est point, just af­ter the pass­ing of her hus­band and while she was in the 40-day mourn­ing and pray­ing pe­riod.

Her hus­band, Wasir Khan, died on De­cem­ber 24, 2015, and was buried the fol­low­ing day.

“He died of a sud­den heart at­tack. We did not ex­pect it,” Khan said.

She said it was only af­ter the 40th day that she found out about the money miss­ing from her and her hus­band’s ac­counts. Khan said her daugh­ters had also cashed an in­vest­ment ac­count of R400 000 with­out her per­mis­sion.

Daugh­ters Anisa Sayed, 38, of Phoenix, and Zaaidha Khan, 31, of Westville, both mar­ried, were each re­leased on R20 000 bail in Novem­ber last year.

The money is be­lieved to have been from their fa­ther’s re­tire­ment lump sum and var­i­ous in­vest­ments. He was a se­nior man­ager in the De­part­ment of Health.

“I had just lost my hus­band. I was pray­ing and was not aware of what was go­ing on. The chil­dren were do­ing as they pleased,” a tear­ful Khan said.

She first found out about the theft when one of her sons told her about money that was trans­ferred to his bank ac­count from his fa­ther’s.

It is al­leged that the sis­ters had ac­cess to their mother’s in­ter­net bank­ing de­tails, and trans­ferred funds to their own ac­counts.

Brothers

They also trans­ferred money to the bank ac­count of one of their brothers, Mo­hamed Khan, al­legedly to si­lence him, but he told his mother about the money.

Zora Khan told the court that when she found out that the chil­dren had cashed the pol­icy with­out her con­sent, she did not do any­thing about it un­til she was later in­formed by a bank em­ployee friend that there was only R50 000 left in her hus­band’s ac­count.

Khan said the jeal­ousy be­gan when the daugh­ters found out that their fa­ther had left the house to the youngest son who was still stay­ing at home and un­mar­ried.

“I trusted my daugh­ters. In fact, my daugh­ters were the ones who al­ways warned me that the boys would take all my money,” Khan said.

The cou­ple were mar­ried on July 25, 1977, and had drawn up a joint will and tes­ta­ment which was signed on July 22, 2009. Khan was the ex­ecutrix and the dom­i­nant ben­e­fi­ciary.

She said af­ter the mourn­ing pe­riod, she tried to con­tact her daugh­ters as they ig­nored her calls. She then opened a case.

De­fence lawyer Siven Sa­muels, rep­re­sent­ing the daugh­ters, ques­tioned why it took Khan months to re­port the mat­ter to the po­lice.

“I put it to you that the rea­son why you did noth­ing about it was be­cause you had given your daugh­ters per­mis­sion to do what they did,” he said.

Sa­muels said the daugh­ters would tell the court that af­ter their fa­ther’s death, the fam­ily de­cided to di­vide the es­tate.

He said the chil­dren and mother en­tered into a writ­ten agree­ment that the sis­ters would re­ceive a sum of money, that the brothers would re­ceive other prop­erty, and the mother would re­ceive a pen­sion ben­e­fit from the es­tate.

He said the monies that the daugh­ters re­ceived were through her in­struc­tions. The case con­tin­ues.

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