The manager of a local orphanage home in Woodstock, Cape Town will remain behind bars until her next court appearance. Al-Noor Orphanage Centre’s Amiena Madien appeared in Cape Town Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning on charges of fraud and corruption.
She is accused of stealing donated money from the children’s home and transferring it into her personal bank account. She was arrested last Friday during a sting operation by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team together with the Department of Social Development (DSD). About 16 children were also removed from the home after allegations of physical and sexual abuse.
According to the Daily Voice, court prosecutor Ardiel Jansen requested a seven-day postponement for the gathering of bail information. Jansen said in addition, the Department of Home Affairs is investigating how Madien, from Cameroon, and her husband, a Nigerian, had obtained citizenship in the country, calling it a “marriage of convenience”. Her husband was not present at court and is currently in Nigeria.
Madien’s matter was postponed to 25 June and will remain in police custody at an undisclosed location as the investigation continues, the Daily Voice reported.