A Security Executive Is Facing Charges Of R14 Million In Pension Fund Fraud


According to the Hawks, a 62-year-old security firm director appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court in the Northern Cape on Monday in connection with almost R14 million in pension theft.
A director of Defensor Security Company, Gert Remer van Rooyen, is accused of deducting payments from employees’ paychecks for the benefit of the Private Security Sector Provident Fund (PSS-PF) and failing to send over the contributions to PSS-PF as required.
“As a result, Defender Security Company owes PSS-PF an amount in excess of R14 million, of which R11.1 million is due to unpaid payments and the remaining is due to late payment interest,” Captain Tebogo Thebe explained.
Van Rooyen’s case has been postponed until July 22. He’s been charged with breaking the Pension Fund Act.
In a second case in Gauteng, the Hawks said the mother and son will appear in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday to face fraud and theft allegations.
“It is alleged that between 2016 and 2020, the mother, Petronella Stander, 52, defrauded her former employer, OPTO Africa (Pty) Ltd, a Randburg-based industrial automation software and weighbridge installation company, of approximately R1 million in numerous transactions meant for suppliers into her bank account,” said Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu.
In April of last year, Stander was arrested and freed on R10,000 bail.
Orrin Stander, her son, was detained on Wednesday after turning himself in to the Hawks in Johannesburg with his counsel.
He was released on R3000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday with his mother.
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