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The saga involving van Rooyen began in 2020 after she was taken into custody on 22 October 2020 for defrauding the Newcastle Municipality out of approximately R3.1 million. At the time, she was granted R50 000 bail.
Following her arrest, Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase explained that van Rooyen had been linked to the Budget and Treasury Office at the Newcastle Municipality.
Due to their findings, Lieutenant Colonel Nkwalase added that the Hawks National Clean Audit Task Team arrested her on 22 October 2020, with van Rooyen subsequently appearing before the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court on the same day.
The Hawks preliminary investigation revealed that van Rooyen had allegedly been withdrawing a second salary from the Newcastle Municipality from February 2012 until June 2020.
With van Rooyen appearing multiple times over the past two years, her case was initially set to conclude on 28 September 2022. However, this was not meant to be.
On 29 September 2022, Newcastillian News reported that on the day, the Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Natasha Kara explained that the case was remanded until 20 October 2022 for one more witness, prior to sentencing.
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As a result, Kara confirmed that on 20 October 2022, van Rooyen was found guilty of the crimes she was accused of and is now to be sentenced.
“The matter was adjourned to 6 December 2022 to address the sentence,” affirmed Kara on Tuesday, 25 October 2022.
With a two-year case drawing to a close, what are your thoughts on the above-mentioned?
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