Sizani challenges fraud charges verdict
Portia Sizani, wife of former ANC Chief Whip and MEC for Education, Stone Sizani, has challenged courts that found her guilty of embezzling R1.2 million from the Eastern Cape Department of Education in 2010.
Portia appeared in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday for sentencing after she was found guilty on 15 counts of fraud and nine counts of money laundering after she created ghost teachers and cashed in on their salaries.
Her legal team are seeking to challenge her guilty judgement at the Grahamstown High Court in Makhanda.
The trial was remanded to March 17 of 2020.
At the time of her crimes, Sizani worked as an Early Childhood Development (ECD) District co-ordinator. Sizani is the wife of former ANC Chief Whip, Stone Sizani who is now South Africa’s ambassador to Germany.
Following an internal investigation at the department, Sizani was found guilty and fired. A criminal case was handed over to Forensics.
She was arrested in December 2012.
Spokesperson for the department, Malibongwe Mtima said the monies were recouped from her pension fund.
“We appreciate to finally see justice prevailing on issues relating to corruption,” said Mtima.
Sizani is a former East London teacher who moved to a high position in the District during a time when her husband was the MEC of Education.