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Following up on the case, Rubanya Ramiah and Ayush Rambally were officially denied bail after appearing in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday, 10 May 2022. The duo was arrested in Estcourt on 14 April 2022, after spending four years on the run, evading law enforcement.
KZN Regional Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Natasha Kara highlighted that the pair face charges of fraud, theft and money laundering to the value of approximately R12 million. “It is alleged that they stole this money from the KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society from March 2012 to December 2018, while Ramiah was employed there.”
Following the couple’s arrest, the KZN Deaf and Blind Society President, Veetha Sewkuran, explained that Ramiah worked as the Finance Officer and transferred money to her husband, Rambally over the period.
Additionally, the Society claimed that Ramiah had intentionally misappropriated funds from the banking accounts and intentionally defrauded certain monies from the society. She then intentionally caused monies to be transferred from the society’s bank accounts to bank accounts within her control or to a bank account held by Rambally.
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With Ramiah and Rambally being denied bail, the legal proceedings against them will continue. Kara points out that the matter will return to court on 17 May 2022.
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