Alleged MTN fraudster Brendan Ruth Moshabane granted R200 000 bail

Brendan Ruth Moshabane leaves the court with her face covered. Moshabane is accused of defrauding her employer, MTN of more than R23 million.

The MTN accountant, accused of defrauding her employer of more than R23 million was granted R200 000 bail at the Johannesburg Specialised Crimes Court on 4 May.  The accused, Brendan Ruth Moshabane faces 16 counts of fraud, theft and money laundering.

Handing down the judgement of the bail application, Magistrate Jerry Jansen van Vuuren said there was no reason to suspect that Moshabane would interfere with evidence or witnesses.

Van Vuuren highlighted that the State had a strong case against the accused but noted that investigations would take time to conclude and it would not be in the interest of justice to keep the accused in custody.

During submissions for the bail application, the State objected to her being released on bail, citing that she might interfere with witnesses or evidence. The affidavit submitted by the investigating officer highlighted that some important documents that were going to form part of the investigations were removed from the locked vehicle of the accused.

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The investigating officer also pointed out that R90 000 was withdrawn from the accused’s account while she was in custody, a claim that Moshabane denied any knowledge of.

In her submission for the bail application, the accused also told the court that she was weak because she had anemia and the food in prison didn’t cater for her required diet which must include a lot of green vegetables.

At the time of her arrest, Moshabane was employed as an accountant for MTN.  The case is postponed to 20 June for further investigations.

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Belinda Pheto

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