Former Newcastle Municipality employee Dedre van Rooyen faces an uncertain festive period, following her most recent court appearance.
As reported by Newcastillian News on 25 October 2022, van Rooyen was officially found guilty of defrauding the local municipality out of approximately R3.1 million.
Initially arrested on 22 October 2020, van Rooyen was linked to the government entity’s Budget and Treasury office and had been withdrawing a second salary for herself from February 2012 until June 2020.
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After being found guilty in October 2022, many thought the end was now in sight for van Rooyen. Especially with the regional spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Natasha Kara confirming that the case was adjourned until Tuesday, 6 December 2022, to address the sentencing.
However, while appearing in court on Tuesday, van Rooyen and the Municipality will have to wait another two months until the final verdict is given. “Dedre van Rooyen’s matter was adjourned until 21 February 2022 for the defence argument in the mitigation of sentence.”
As van Rooyen and the Newcastle Municipality now wait for the final outcome of the lengthy saga, what are your thoughts on the above-mentioned? Share your views in the comment section below.