Brothers ‘stole chess event cash’

Trial set for July in case of missing money for national championship in Bay.

Two brothers allegedly pocketed tens of thousands of rands paid towards organising the SA Junior National Chess Championships held in Nelson Mandela Bay three years ago.

The state alleges that Marius van Zyl, 48, and his brother, Retief, 46 – who appeared briefly in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court yesterday on charges of theft and forgery – intentionally stole more than R100 000 paid by the Boardwalk Casino and the Sports and Recreation Department between December 2011 and February 2012.

The Boardwalk and the department had been approached for funding to cover the cost of development teams from the metro who were taking part in the event.

According to the provisional charge sheet, the state alleges that Marius, then a member of the Nelson Mandela Bay Chess Union organising committee, was asked to make arrangements for the championship.

-Lee-Anne Butler

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