Advocate Azwitamisi Abraham Mulaudzi, who is accused of blowing money entrusted to him by colleagues on booze, petrol, and restaurants appeared in the Palm Ridge Regional Court on Tuesday on charges of theft.
The accused, Advocate Mulaudzi, was appointed treasurer for the Society of State Advocates and Prosecutors of South Africa (SSAPSA) in May 2017.
As a treasurer, one of his responsibilities was to submit annual financial reports.
During the annual general meetings in 2018 and 2019, 54-year-old Advocate Mulaudzi failed to submit the annual audited financial reports as required by the SSAPSA.
A departmental investigation was instituted which identified 397 unauthorised cash withdrawals and transactions between June 2017 and October 2019.
The matter was referred to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation in Johannesburg for further investigation.
The investigation revealed that Advocate Mulaudzi allegedly changed signatories and applied for internet banking.
Advocate Mulaudzi allegedly spent about R316 000 from the SSAPSA’s bank account at petrol stations, restaurants, liquor stores and other outlets.
A warrant of arrest was issued for Advocate Mulaudzi.
The advocate handed himself in at Johannesburg Police Station on Tuesday morning. Advocate Mulaudzi was subsequently charged with theft and appeared in court, where he was granted him R3 000 bail.
The case was postponed to 14 October 2021.
Mulaudzi has since resigned from the National Prosecution Authority, where he was a senior state advocate.
He had been employed at the office of Director of Public Prosecution in Johannesburg since December 2020,