EC attorney arrested for fraud

15:11 (GMT+2) Thu, 20 Jun 2019

The Provincial Commercial Crimes Investigation Unit in the Eastern Cape has nabbed a prominent attorney Zuko Nonxuba together with one of his employees in Bisho.

Provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana says they were arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning in a sequel to the establishment of a Task Team which was assigned to investigate three cases of fraud suspected to have been committed within the Department of Health in Bhisho.

According to the reports the suspects, who handed themselves over, submitted fraudulent Civil Claims amounting to R45 million for cases involving Medical Practice Claims filed against the Department of Health.

Kinana says it is alleged that the suspects' issued summons to the departmental authorities levelling allegations to the fact that doctors and nurses in at least three Hospitals in the Eastern Cape failed to properly examine their clients and were negligent in their care and treatment.

The attorney's three clients, who gave birth at their respective homes, were persuaded to agree that they delivered their children at the hospitals.

The women were also told to claim that the so-called negligence had resulted in their children suffering from Cerebral Palsy and a condition called Septic Quadr and the manner in which they were treated resulted to their children suffering from a condition known as Cerebral Palsy and a condition called Septic Quadriplegic.

The two suspects were granted bail when they appeared before the Zwelitsha Magistrate court earlier on Thursday on three charges of fraud.

They'll be back in court on the 2nd of September.