A Former employee of the Revenue Services Lesotho (RSL) accused of stealing a total of M39 790 from customers who purchased tollgate prepaid cards in 2021 is expected to appear in the Butha-Buthe Magistrate’s Court on July 24.
July 6, 2023
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Ex-RSL worker faces theft, money laundering charges
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Ngaka Leteba faces four counts of theft and money laundering, which he allegedly committed between March and June 2021.
He is alleged to have stolen the money from RSL customers who purchased tollgate prepaid cards during that time on various occasions.
Prior to Leteba’s appearance in court, he was hauled before the RSL disciplinary committee, but he resigned before the matter could be concluded.
On Tuesday this week, the Butha-Buthe Magistrate’s Court released him on a M2 000 bail.
The matter which was before Magistrate ’Manyefolo Ramakhula is prosecuted by Letsipa Mofilikoane.
Leteba’s main responsibilities as an ex-RSL worker, amongst others, included the collection of import VAT and toll gate fees on behalf of the company, which is responsible for the assessment, collection, and receipt of the specified revenue.
The company has three methods of payment for toll fees: cash, EFT, and tollgate prepaid cards.
The prepaid cards are created and distributed to different borders where there is an operating system installed. These toll gate prepaid cards are sold to customers who are interested in them.
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Before a customer who is interested in buying a tollgate prepaid card could be issued with such a card, they must make an application reflecting their name and telephone numbers, the full description of the vehicle, and its registration number, and sign the application form.
It is alleged that on March 20, 2021, in Butha-Buthe, Leteba stole a sum of M16 000 from the RSL and the Road Fund.
He is also alleged to have, in April 2021, acquired for his benefit a sum of M10 000 belonging to RSL and the Road Fund.
Leteba is further alleged to have unlawfully used, in May 2021, a total sum of M5900 belonging to RSL and the Road Fund for his personal use.
He is also alleged to have unlawfully acquired and used property worth M7 890 belonging to the RSL in June 2021.
"The RSL is committed to the fight against corruption in all its forms, especially within its own ranks. Clients or taxpayers are urged to report suspected cases of corruption or theft by RSL employees through the toll-free fraud hotline number," the RSL said in a statement this week.