Former Eastern Cape health official accused of using govt petrol card for private vehicles

Outside the Hawks building. (Gallo Images)

Outside the Hawks building. (Gallo Images)

A former Eastern Cape health department official has been arrested for fraud, after he allegedly used a government-issued fuel card to buy petrol for his private vehicles.

Litho Raymond Kutase , 48, briefly appeared in the Queenstown Magistrate’s Court for fraud on Friday, according to Hawks spokesperson, Lwando Zenzile.

“Kutase, a former employee of the Department of Health in Queenstown, is accused of having used a government-issued fuel card during April and May 2012 to purchase fuel for his private vehicles and other related goods,” said Zenzile.

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Kutase also allegedly claimed for official trips with his private vehicle when he travelled as a passenger in a government vehicle.

According to the Hawks’ investigation, Kutase’s alleged fraud cost the state more than R10 000.

“Kutase, who is now an operations manager in Cape Town [in] the same department, has been charged with 28 counts of fraud,” Zenzile added.

He is expected to appear in court again on 2 October.

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