Pankie Sizani’s R1.2m fraud trial gets under way

ON TRIAL: Portia 'Pankie' Sizani at the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court yesterday. Picture: MIKE HOLMES
ON TRIAL: Portia ‘Pankie’ Sizani at the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court yesterday. Picture: MIKE HOLMES

AN anonymous letter to the provincial Education Department was the undoing of an ANC MP’s wife who was caught out for allegedly creating “ghost” teachers and then pocketing their salaries.

Portia “Pankie” Sizani, 46, pleaded not guilty to 31 counts of fraud and money- laundering, totalling R1.2-million, on the first day of her trial in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court yesterday.

Her husband, ANC parliamentary chief whip Stone Sizani, was not present and the glamorous Sizani was instead supported by a group of women friends.

The trial – delayed by a year due to Sizani’s alleged ill-health – got off to a dramatic start when the court issued a warrant of arrest for one of the alleged ghost teachers, Sizani’s niece, Amanda Noluntshungu.

Prosecutor Ronelle Brink said Noluntshungu, who was subpoenaed to testify yesterday, had previously informed her of the reasons why she did not want to be in court.

“We know where she is and the police will fetch her,” Brink said.

Sizani, of Summerstrand, was employed as coordinator of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme at the provincial Education Department at the time of the alleged fraud.

The ECD provides for the appointment of Grade R teachers at Eastern Cape schools.

Sizani started working for the department as a teacher in East London in 1991 and slowly worked her way up the ranks. Her husband was the former education MEC. – Kathryn Kimberley

For the full story read The Herald, or get the complete newspaper, including comics, classifieds, crosswords and back editions in our e-Edition

7 thoughts on “Pankie Sizani’s R1.2m fraud trial gets under way

  • August 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm
    Permalink

    There is absolutely no way her husband did not know about this. How would her extra income go unnoticed by him?? I hope he gets dragged into this as well. Zuma’s ANC – corrupt to the core!

    Reply
  • August 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm
    Permalink

    i hope this one goes to jail. i feel the husband should also be brought into this he must have been aware of what she was doing.

    Reply
  • August 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm
    Permalink

    they make me sick really and yet they walk off scott free but let us be in the wrong then we locked up immediately.all they want is smart cars, houses, clothes, restaurants, holidays,etc.

    Reply
  • August 19, 2014 at 11:41 am
    Permalink

    I am so embarrased to be associated with my Province, EC, because of all these corrupt and greedy fat cats in that area. Schools in that Province have no desks, no toilets and very poor education, but nooo…. the politically connected must have all the money reamarked for such services.Hope they will be no political interference this time.

    Reply
  • August 19, 2014 at 11:33 am
    Permalink

    May the law take its course and they all involved rot in jail

    Reply
  • August 19, 2014 at 10:48 am
    Permalink

    They are all ROTTEN! They are stealing your money!WHY do you vote for them?

    Reply
    • August 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm
      Permalink

      Amen to that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Reply

Leave a Reply