Thobeka Dyam, a former HR Manager and Controller at Daku Super Spar in Kwazakhele, Gqeberha, found herself in the legal spotlight as she appeared before the New Brighton Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Thobeka Dyam: Gqeberha Spar HR Manager in the dock for creating ghost workers
Allegations against Dyam involve her orchestrating a sophisticated scheme to defraud Daku Super Spar.
From February 2015 to July 2019, she is accused of creating ghost workers by adding fictitious employees to the payroll.
These supposed employees, no longer working for the supermarket, were just a cover for her elaborate fraud.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Avele Fumba detailed the scheme,
“Dyam allegedly intentionally supplied the payroll company with bank account numbers belonging to her and her brother, over whom she had full control.”
The Hawks’ meticulous investigation revealed the depth of this deception, culminating in a substantial financial loss for Daku Super Spar. The total amount misappropriated is estimated to exceed R592 000, a significant blow to the franchise’s finances.
Following her court appearance, on Thursday, Dyam was released on a warning, with the case adjourned to Wednesday, 31 January 2024, for transfer to the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Gqeberha.
Major General Mboiki Obed Ngwenya, the Provincial Head of the Hawks, lauded the Gqeberha-based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team and the National Prosecuting Authority for their diligent efforts leading to Dyam’s court appearance.
“This case highlights our commitment to rooting out corporate fraud and ensuring that those who breach trust and engage in criminal activities are brought to justice,” Major General Ngwenya said.