DJ Zinhle’s former employee denies ‘stealing’ R500k

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DJ Zinhle’s former employee Phumzile Diko denied that she stole R500 000 from the businesswoman during her court appearance at the Protea Magistrates’ Court today (4 May).

PHUMZILE PLEADS NOT GUILTY

Phumzile Diko, who was previously employed by DJ Zinhle appeared at the Protea Magistrates’ Court today (4 May) on a charge of fraud. Diko was accused of transferring R500 000 from DJ Zinhle’s business account into her own account, but she pleads not guilty. 

She claims that all the transactions she made were by instruction from DJ Zinhle. 

“Monies were transferred by the complainant [DJ Zinhle] from her account to my account to perform the duties as per her instructions,” she said in her bail application according to The Sowetan.

Diko was arrested on 16 April. She asked that the bail be set at R3000 but magistrate Kganakga set it at R5000.

“I earn plus-minus R3,000 a week, depending on the number of events I have been invited to. Alternatively, the biggest amount I have ever earned was R3,000 in one week which was during the festive season, that is December of 2021,” 

“It is in the interest of justice that I be released on bail… my intentions are to plead not guilty,”

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DJ ZINHLE HINTS AT THEFT IN REALITY SERIES 

If you’ve been following DJ Zinhle’s reality show, you would know she previously hinted at theft in the company. An employee came to her with “mysterious” transactions from the account. This came as a shock because the mom of two treats her employees like family. 

“She treats everyone like a family member, so I don’t think she expects anything like this from anyone of us,” said the employee. 

She claimed that there were two transactions that were not approved by her, but did not dive into too many details.

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