PORT ELIZABETH – Pumla Silinga (46) was sentenced before the Port Elizabeth Special Commercial Crime court on Friday to 8-years imprisonment for Fraud.
Two-years of this sentence has been suspended for 5-years, which means that the Port Elizabeth attorney will serve 6-years direct imprisonment.
In 2008, a 47-year-old woman bought a house in Zwide, Port Elizabeth, for R95 000 through a local Estate Agent. Silinga was appointed as the attorney to do Transfer duties.
However, once the client deposited the R95 000 into Silinga’s Trust account she never conducted the transfer and failed pay back the money to the client.
Silinga was arrested on 31 October 2013 and was released on warning. However, she failed to appear in court and a warrant for her arrest was issued. She was re-arrested on 13 April 2016 and pleaded guilty in court for fraud.
Silinga was released on warning and once again absconded on 30 May 2016 for sentencing. Consequently, the court issued another Warrant for her arrest.
As a result, Silinga, was sentenced on 5 August 2016 at the same court to 60 days direct imprisonment for Contempt of court.
The Eastern Cape Provincial Head for the Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), Major-General Nyameko Nogwanya, congratulated the investigating officer of this case for his steadfastness in ensuring that the perpetrator eventually faced justice.
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