Hospital saga, state proceeds with charges

Brendon Pillay

Brendon Pillay, the former accountant for Daymed Private Hospital was arrested and charged for allegedly “falsely misrepresenting to various persons that he was a qualified accountant”.
Pillay was arrested in Pietermaritzburg and appeared in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes’ Court on Friday October 27, 2017. He was initially charged with contravening the Chartered Accountants Act which was later withdrawn and replaced with a charge of suspected fraud. He was released on R20 000 bail.
Pillay’s lawyer Naren Sangham said ahead of last week’s appearance he was confident the charges against his client (Pillay) would be withdrawn. However, the court requested Sangham to make representation to the prosecutor, which would then be considered and taken to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a decision.
Pillay remains out on bail but the bail conditions have been reduced as he no longer needs to report daily to Mountain Rise Police Station.
Daymed Hospital said that apart from the allegation that Pillay misrepresented to various people that he was a qualified accountant, he (Pillay) “unlawfully gained access to privileged information and unlawfully accessed bank accounts, which he allegedly attempted to use for his personal gain”.
Sangham said that Pillay was a qualified certified accountant who obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees through correspondence courses with the Canterbury School of Economics in London.
The case is set to return to court in February next year.

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