The Mercury

Fraudster Sizani due back in court

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CONVICTED fraudster Portia Sizani is expected back in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court today.

In March, Sizani, wife of South Africa’s ambassador to Germany and former ANC chief whip Stone Sizani, was found guilty of 15 counts of fraud and nine counts of money-laundering.

Sizani’s sentencing was previously delayed after her defence team brought an applicatio­n for a special review which was subsequent­ly dismissed.

Earlier this month, her defence team asked for a postponeme­nt seeking a copy of the court’s judgment in dismissing the applicatio­n.

Sizani defrauded the Eastern Cape Education Department out of more than R1.2 million by processing several fraudulent applicatio­ns for Grade R teaching posts.

Sizani was the early childhood developmen­t (ECD) district co-ordinator at the time and appointed “ghost teachers” and pocketed their pay during 2009 and 2010.

Sizani was arrested in December 2012 and the trial was delayed for more than a year due to her alleged ill health. When the trial eventually kicked off more delays saw the case drag on for years.

Sizani started working for the department as a teacher in East London in 1991 and slowly worked her way up the ranks.

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