JOHANNESBURG: The former head of engineering services at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Daniel Mthimkhulu, has been convicted of three counts of fraud by the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Palm Ridge.
Mthimkhulu’s annual salary had grown from R1.6 million to R2.8 million.
The NPA statement said Mthimkhulu was charged with nine counts of fraud for allegedly claiming to have a master’s degree from the University of Witwatersrand, and a doctorate in engineering management from the Technische Universitat Munchen in Germany.
“In June 2010, he lied to PRASA about a received job offer from a German engineering firm, for a position as an engineering services specialist at a salary of R2.8 million per annum. Consequently, Prasa made Mthimkhulu a counter-offer in September 2010 at a salary of R2.8 million,” the statement said.
According to the statement, state advocate James Bhengu from the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit (SCCU) of the NPA argued that Prasa suffered prejudice after employing Mthimkhulu “under a false and fraudulent profile”.
“The court should reject his version that his Curriculum Vitae was manipulated by a third party. It is farfetched and strange. His actions exacerbated the financial situation at the rail agency that was already suffering from financial constraints,” said Bhengu.
The NPA statement said the case was remanded to 24 February 2022 to allow a new regional magistrate to take over the sentencing proceedings.