Former creditors clerk sentenced to two years for fraud for over R4 million. Photo:

Former creditors clerk sentenced to two years for fraud over R4 million

The responsibility of being a caregiver to two children saw a fraudster escape a 15 year jail sentence for fraud over R4 million


Former creditors clerk sentenced to two years for fraud for over R4 million. Photo:

The Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court sentenced a former employee of Amka Products (Pty) Ltd, Debbie Buitendag (40), to two years of direct imprisonment for 132 counts of fraud worth over R4 million.

At the time of the incident, Buitendag was employed as a creditors clerk for eight years, and her duties included paying utilities, labour brokers and making purchases. Buitendag changed the banking details of Holistics Remedies (Pty) Ltd, a company that use to do business with Amka Products (Pty) Ltd, replacing them with her own Standard Bank account details.


“From May 2017 to February 2021, Buitendag made payments of over R 4 Million to the subsidiary company that had her banking details. This was discovered after the auditors picked up the unlawful financial transactions, during the company audit,” said NPA Regional Spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana.

“The matter was reported to the police, Buitendag was arrested on 10 March 2021, and was released on R500 bail. In court, Buitendag pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against her. She further told the court that she used the money to buy her husband a luxury car, Ford Ranger and housing appliances,” she explained.

She further explained that Mohammed Osman, an accounting officer of Amka Products (Pty) Ltd testified in court that had the company not done an audit of their books, the company might not have picked up the commission of the offence, because of the planning Buitendag took in committing the offence. 

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Through her legal representative, Buitendag asked the court to impose a sentence of correctional supervision and or periodic imprisonment, because of her responsibility of being a primary caregiver for her two children.

However, the State Prosecutor, Adv. Leletu Jobela-Ramahlala asked the court to impose a sentence of eight years of direct imprisonment, to send a strong message that fraud of this nature affects business very badly, as most private companies in recent months have been negatively affected by COVID19, which resulted in many of them closing down and retrenching their employees.


In delivering his sentence, Magistrate du Preez said, if Buitendag was not a primary caregiver of her children, she would be sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, because of the seriousness of the offence, however, long-term imprisonment will have an impact on the children. Therefore, a sentence of 2 years imprisonment in terms of section 276 (1)(i) of the Criminal Procedure Act will have the least impact on the children.