UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

HARD-LINE ON EMBEZZLERS NEEDED

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MS. ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY

The lenient terms of bail imposed upon disgraced former Athlone attorney, Hoosain Mohamed, is disappointing. Having been arrested on 183 charges of fraud, six of theft and one of attempting to defeat the ends of justice is  indicative of the seriousness of the case, which does not seem to have been reflected in the conditions of bail.

The UDM echoes the magistrate's reported statement that the amount of R10 000 bail was laughable considering the huge amounts involved. Mohammed is alleged to have embezzled about R7 million by unlawfully withholding money due to clients who had lodged contingency-based claims against the Road Accident Fund. Further exacerbating the matter is the fact that this money was embezzled from the poor, which smacks of immorality of the lowest order.

The UDM calls on all Magistrates, Advocates, Attorneys, and Judges to protect all citizens of South Africa, without discrimination based on income or profession. The UDM also calls upon the legal fraternity to ensure that the law is upheld in dealing with embezzlers who take advantage of the poor, illiterate and needy.

Enquiries:
Annelizé Van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Safety and Security
082 557 4184

Cape Town
17 July 2001