EC court sentences undertaker to five years imprisonment, or a R500 000 fine, for fraud.

An Eastern Cape undertaker has been sentenced to five years imprisonment, or a R500 000 fine, for fraud.

On Wednesday, the Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crimes Court found Ntumekelo Mtsi, 28, guilty of fraud and contravening the Financial Advisory Act.

The court heard that Mtsi owned Abaxolisi Funeral Parlour in Tsomo between March 2019 and March 2020. He was not authorised by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority and was not underwritten by any authorised underwriter.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela said:

Mtsi took over the business from his father, who had passed on, and instructed his 523 clients to pay cash at his office so as to have cash readily available.


However, Mtsi closed the business without meeting his obligations, she said.

“”The clients had nowhere to make claims and then decided to lodge a complaint with the Mthatha-based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team of the Hawks. [This culminated] in the arrest of Mtsi on 30 September 2021,” Mgolodela said.

Mtsi made his first court appearance in the Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crime Court on the same day and was released on a warning.

“The investigation revealed that the clients lost more than R77 000,” Mgolodela said

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