Disgraced ex-communications boss to be sentenced by PE court


PORT ELIZABETH, May 3 – Disgraced former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality communications director Roland Williams will learn his fate on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to falsely claiming R100,000 from his insurance company for an accident that never happened.

Williams will be back in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday for sentencing.
The former communications boss, together with his co-accused V&R Motors, represented by widow Renika Rungan, pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in January.
Williams, along with Renika’s husband Raven – who was shot dead in 2015 – defrauded Santam Limited through a combined insurance claim worth more than R115,000 in 2014.
According to the evidence before the court, Williams and Rungan deliberately caused extensive damage to his BMW to put in a claim to defraud Santam after Williams experienced engine problems with his car.
Magistrate Lionel Lindoor previously said that he was still not completely convinced that it would be appropriate not to sentence Williams to a term of direct imprisonment.
Lindoor postponed sentencing earlier in March and asked for a probation officer’s report to prove Williams was the primary caregiver to his four children.
He also questioned why Williams’ wife Shahnaz was not employed considering that she was still a young woman.
– African News Agency (ANA)