Highlanders Lose $265K To Hired Employee
23 March 2021
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By A Correspondent-Highlanders FC has lost $265 543 to the club’s senior employee.

The state media reports that the football club’s house manager Bonisani Mafela’s theft case was discovered after a stock take and cash count conducted by the club’s auditors PN and A Chartered Accountants.

Presenting the club’s audited financial statement for the year ended December 31, 2020, Highlanders’ treasurer Donald Ndebele said the club is in the process of recovering the missing funds, and Mafela is set to repay the club in six-months time.

Ndebele said Mafela, who had been hired to supervise and turnaround the clubhouse’s fortunes, signed an acknowledgement of debt and will in instalments of US$400.

“As at 31 December 2020, PN and A Chartered Accountants, (Ralph Bomment Greenaccre and Reynolds), conducted a stock count and a cash count at Highlanders Football Club. During the audit, it was noted that end of year cash count conducted independently by PN and A Chartered Accountants (Z) was understated by ZWL265 543 compared to the daily cash counts conducted by (the) manager.

“Management has since the year-end cash count conducted an investigation, which resulted in the clubhouse manager signing an acknowledgement of debt in the admission of variance obtained and with guidance from the legal counsel management have opted to recover these funds.

If management had carried out independent daily cash counts during the year the variance would have been detected earlier and the loss would have been averted,” reads part of the financial statement.

Ndebele said according to the Highlanders’ constitution, the vice-chairman of the club oversees the operations of the clubhouse.