The former accounting clerk who allegedly defrauded her ex-employers out of more than R3 million has reportedly booked herself into a stress clinic.
Two independent sources confirmed to the Daily Voice that Fadwa Alexander went to the institution “a few weeks ago”.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirms Alexander missed her appearance at the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court yesterday because she was “allegedly sick”.
Alexander is under investigation by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), after she allegedly transferred around R3.7 million into five personal accounts.
Her former bosses and co-owners of Smart Space Lifestyle living in Ottery, Shamiel Coe, 46, and Derek Suter, 62, say they were on the brink of closing their business because of huge losses.
They claim Alexander, who earned less than R7 000 a month, bought a larney Lexis and renovated her Hanover Park home with the money she allegedly stole from them.
Shamiel says he was “shocked” to hear Alexander could not attend court.
“I did not go myself but I got a call from the investigating officer saying she could not attend court because she is in some institution,” he says.
NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila says Alexander is expected back in court on January 16.
“The case was postponed for further investigation and decision of specialised commercial crime unit,” he says.