An IT contractor who made fraudulent claims against the national department of transport’s division of Government Motor Transport appeared in a court in Cape Town on Thursday.
Hendrik Johannes van Nykerk, 65, of Pelican Street, Nerina in Durbanville, made his first appearance in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court before magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg, who warned him to appear again on January 16.
He faces 14 counts of fraud, involving R78 147, but was not asked to plead.
The accused was given the option to apply to Legal Aid SA for free legal representation but chose instead to engage his own privately-funded attorney.
According to the charge sheet, Van Nykerk was engaged by the transport department as an independent IT contractor.
Prosecutor Simon Leope alleged the accused submitted 14 claims for payment for services provided on days when he was either on leave, sick leave or day off and, in fact, did not provide the services for which he claimed.
This allegedly happened during the 10 months from February to November 2013 when he had to report directly to the department’s senior manager, Johan Koegelenberg.
Van Nykerk was warned to ensure that his privately-engaged attorney was present in court at his next appearance.