Observer on Saturday - - Front Page - By Alec Lushaba Ed­i­tor

Eswa­tini Post and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Cor­po­ra­tion (EPTC) has been de­frauded an amount over E1m.

An EPTC fe­male em­ployee who re­sides in one of the plush Mba­bane town­ships (iden­tity con­cealed de­lib­er­ately for se­cu­rity rea­sons) re­ported to the Royal Eswa­tini Po­lice Ser­vices (REPS) that on Oc­to­ber 2nd, 2018 she dis­cov­ered that the com­pany had been de­frauded money amount­ing to E1 021 937.12 whilst at Mba­bane.

Whilst the po­lice in their re­port did not elab­o­rate how the com­pany was de­frauded, in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the news­pa­per re­vealed that an al­leged corn artist mis­led the EPTC man­age­ment into be­liev­ing that the sup­plier had changed accounts.

It is al­leged that the sup­plier who is known to EPTC was told of the cor­rect pro­ce­dure to fol­low when chang­ing accounts, which in­cluded get­ting a let­ter from the bank con­firm­ing same.

It is said the al­leged ‘fraud­ster’ re­turned armed with the bank let­ter and pay­ment was made into the new ac­count. It is said when the gen­uine sup­plier fol­lowed up on the out­stand­ing pay­ment of their in­voices, they were told that pay­ment had been made af­ter one of their of­fi­cials armed with a bank let­ter in­formed them to make pay­ments to a new ac­count. It was then that EPTC dis­cov­ered that it had been de­frauded and a case of fraud had to be re­ported to the po­lice. When called on the mat­ter, EPTC Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Man­ager Nqobile Ma­gag­ula con­firmed knowl­edge of the mat­ter, but stated that it was still un­der po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “We are not yet at lib­erty to pro­vide the de­tails of the case, but can con­firm that we re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice and that it is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated,” Ma­gag­ula stated.

REPS As­sis­tant Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer Nosipho Mn­guni also con­firmed that po­lice had opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter the mat­ter was re­ported to them by the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“So far we are not at the stage where we can re­port whether we have made an ar­rest or not, but can only con­firm that in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

I can fur­ther state that cases of this na­ture are not new and we warn cor­po­ra­tions to be vig­i­lant when deal­ing with sup­pli­ers,” she said.

CON­FIRMS: EPTC Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Man­ager Nqobile Ma­gag­ula.

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