R1.1m ‘blown in six weeks’

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News - Devon Koen koend@ti­soblack­star.co.za

She was put in a po­si­tion of trust but in­stead squan­dered more than R1m in just six weeks – the money meant to se­cure a young man’s fu­ture af­ter his par­ents died and left Mary Madaka and her hus­band as his guardians.

The Port El­iz­a­beth Com­mer­cial Crimes Court now has to de­cide what will hap­pen to Madaka, 50, af­ter she pleaded guilty on charges of theft and money laun­der­ing which could see her spend­ing up to 15 years be­hind bars.

Madaka, a sec­tion head in the Nel­son Man­dela Bay mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s as­sis­tance to the poor pro­gramme, pleaded guilty to the charges ear­lier this year, in turn vin­di­cat­ing her hus­band, Mbuyiselo Madaka, who is a DA ac­tivist.

The Madakas were made le­gal guardians of Daniel Jack­son Vanqa, 26, af­ter his fa­ther died in 2007.

Upon Mx­olisi Vanqa’s death a trust was set up to en­sure his son at­tained a level of ed­u­ca­tion his par­ents had al­ways dreamt of.

But his study plans were dashed when he found the money his fa­ther had left him had been stolen by the per­son meant to look af­ter him.

On Fri­day dur­ing cross ex­am­i­na­tion by Madaka’s le­gal coun­sel, Anlen Mur­ray, Vanqa con­ceded that he had com­pleted his school­ing, as was his fa­ther’s wishes.

Vanqa said af­ter school he had stud­ied at Rus­sell Road Col­lege and had stayed in a flat in Cen­tral which he paid for him­self with money he re­ceived from the rental of a home in Sher­wood he had in­her­ited from his par­ents.

Dur­ing ar­gum­nents in ag­gra­va­tion of sen­tenc­ing, state pros­e­cu­tor Ul­rike de Klerk said Madaka had spent R1.1 mil­lion in six weeks on buy­ing a new home. “It took the as­set for­fei­ture unit to get her to re­pay [Vanqa].”

Madaka will be sen­tenced on Oc­to­ber 17.

Mu­nic­i­pal spokesper­son Mthubanzi Mniki said Madaka was still em­ployed by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity while the out­come of the court pro­ceed­ings was awaited.


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