The Northern Cape Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) is making gains in its mandate to combat serious commercial crime. This came after a 31 year-old woman was charged for defrauding Hotazel Combined School.She allegedly embezzled over R137 000. The funds were meant to pay a company rendering a service to the school. She managed to redirect the money to her personal bank account. The incident dates back to March 2009. On Friday 01 April 2016, she was served with summons (J175) to appear before Kuruman Magistrate's Court on 11 May 2016.
Thomas Basson, the speaker of the //Khara Hais local munici-pality, appeared in the Uping-ton magistrate's court on Monday 07 March 2016 for allegedly killing his wife in June last year.
Initially charged with culpable ho-micide, Mr Basson was arrested again on Sunday 06 March 2016, this time on a charge of murder, and has been remanded in custody.
Mr Basson claimed during his arrest last year that he accidentally reversed over his wife, mistaking her for a dog.
“Initially Mr Basson was charged with culpable homicide after he drove over his wife in June last year,” said provincial SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant Olebogeng Tawana.
Police did not want to divulge the reason for charges being changed, but an autopsy performed on his wife found that she was allegedly strang-led to death before being run over by the car driven by her husband.
“The arrest on Sunday came after a lengthy investigation that led to the charge being changed to murder instead of culpable homicide,” Lieu-tenant Tawana said.
Mr Basson was also due to be charged with defeating the ends of justice for allegedly tampering with the crime scene.
He will appear in court again on Friday 11 March 2016 for a bail application.