SABC's head of procurement Nompilo Dlamini (40) was granted R3000 bail by the Newlands Magistrates' Court on Friday following allegations that she had defrauded her employer of R80000. Dlamini allegedly colluded with suppliers to inflate the price of equipment she outsourced for the SABC. by Khethiwe Chelemu
She spent a night in jail after handing herself over to the Brixton police station on Thursday.
She was not asked to plead to a count of theft during her brief appearance before magistrate Deon Pool.
The equipment in question could have cost the SABC less than R25000. Dlamini, is alleged to have billed the SABC R80000 for it.
Prosecutor Kobus Ehlers did not oppose Dlamini's bail and suggested that she be released on R3000 bail.
Outside court, her attorney James Ndebele rubbished the charges against his client.
"The allegations against my client are untrue, offensive, defamatory and appear not to have any basis, legal or factual," he said.
Ndebele added that the investigations against his client by the SABC were "immoral" and constituted a "manhunt" within the organisation.
"My client has not conducted herself in any manner to warrant such investigations, which are not only unfounded but trumped up," Ndebele said.
He said his client would plead not guilty to the charges when the matter resumes later this month.
"My client will deny all the allegations against her," he said.
Sunday World understands that another suspect, the alleged whistle-blower, who allegedly implicated Dlamini in the fraud, was also arrested on Friday morning but was released instead of appearing in the dock with Dlamini.
Investigating officer Lieutenant-Colonel James Makapane says the suspect, who cannot be named at this stage, did not appear in court on Friday because the investigations into his conduct were incomplete.
"The case against him was declined. We are continuing with our investigations and he will be charged," he said.