Ex-girlfriends turn state witnesses in a fraud case-Image Source@X

In a turn of events echoing the timeless notion of betrayal among partners in crime, the former romantic partners of Fidelis Moema, a former KPMG bursary specialist, have emerged as pivotal witnesses for the prosecution in a significant fraud case.

The Allegations

Fidelis Moema stands accused of masterminding 431 fraudulent transactions, totaling R16.5 million, funneling funds to various entities linked with his acquaintances and former romantic partners between October 2019 and 2022.

Legal Proceedings and Prosecution’s Assertions

At the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, Moema, along with his co-accused Trevor Machimana and Lebogang Sigubudu, sought bail. State prosecutor Valencia Dube alleged that Moema coerced his ex-partners into establishing companies in their names, channels through which KPMG bursary funds were diverted for his personal gain. Dube emphasized the strength of the prosecution’s case, citing bank statements tracing the money flow from KPMG to Moema’s accounts.

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Public Response

The revelation of Moema’s former partners testifying against him has ignited a flurry of conversations across South Africa, prompting scrutiny of the loyalty once shared among those implicated in the scheme. Public reactions vary:

  • @ishmaelsizwe: “Ehhh!! Life is not fair, they ate together now he’ll be locked alone? 😁”
  • @Sifisov1: “She is supposed to be an accomplice, I’m sure when he did the crime once she convinced him to continue.”
  • @General_Sport7: “She should have refused the deal by the State to turn state witness.”
  • @IamEriOluwa: “Moral of the story: Don’t be a criminal. Don’t do crime. Don’t do dirty dealings with her.”
  • @joumasepost: “I’m telling you baddies work for SIU and AFU. Get married and stay away from them.”

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