Category Archives: Crime

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CON WOMAN APPEARS IN COURT FOR FRAUD WORTH MILLIONS

WESTERN CAPE – Michayla Kogie Mentoor (48), made her first appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 20th of April 2017 after she was arrested for fraud by the Serious Commercial Crime Unit of the Hawks’ ATM Task team on the same day. Mentoor who has been on the run for over two years was nabbed from her hideout by the determined team in the early hours of Thursday at the upmarket suburb of Bishops Court near Cape Town. It is alleged that Mentoor…

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MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE CONDUCT SUCCESSFUL OPERATIONS

Pretoria, Wednesday 12 April 2017: The South African Police Service conducted successful operations today, in response to protest marches/demonstrations that took place in Tshwane. Law enforcement agencies, led by the South African Police Service were deployed in a bid to ensure that public order is maintained in today’s protest march/demonstrations. In the main, an estimated 20 000 people took part in the march. We are pleased to report that once again, the people of South Africa heeded our call to conduct themselves in a proper…

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COPPER CABLE SYNDICATE DISMANTLED, SIX INMATES APPEAR IN COURT

WESTERN CAPE – Amos Ngubeni (32), Wilson Khoza (33), Samuel Ngwenya (34), Linda James Malope (34), Simon Thembe (40) and Malome Alfred Matsetsela (41) have appeared in the Beaufort West Magistrate’s Court on Thursday the 6th of April 2017 for theft of copper cables valued at approximately R3.5 million. Two of the accused were initially arrested at Prins Albert in November 2012 when they were caught in the act of stealing copper cables by local police, a vehicle that was meant to pick-up the loot…

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TWO ACCUSED FOUND GUILTY OF FRAUD

MPUMALANGA: Nhlanhla Mkhize (41) and Thabang Mlambo (39) were found guilty by Nelspruit Magistrate Court on 07 April 2017 for Fraud and fined R7 500 00 or 15 months imprisonment of which R500 00 or 10 months imprisonment is suspended for five years on condition that the accused are not convicted for theft during the period of suspension. On 23 September 2016 the two accused presented cloned/counterfeit cards at Makro Nelspruit as means of payment for two laptops and they were arrested by the Hawks’…

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TWO BUSTED FOR R4.8 MILLION BANK SCAM

GAUTENG – Two men have appeared briefly at the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday, 10 April 2017 for a R4.8 million bank scam. Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime had on Friday arrested Ashly Chetty (27) and Asheer Jaggerssar (31) for bank scam fraud where they allegedly defrauded and withdrew R99 from unsuspecting bank clients’ accounts between 2014 and 2016 using a company Riskfin and Carebox which is not registered with Companies Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC). Chetty and Jaggerssar, who are facing charges of fraud,…

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ATTORNEY ATTEMPTS TO BRIBE HAWKS MEMBERS

GAUTENG – Hawks’ Serious Corruption in Johannesburg had on Friday, 07 April 2017 conducted an entrapment operation which yielded positive results and nabbed a 67-year-old attorney for corruption in Parktown. The attorney offered Hawks members a R50 000 bribe money so that they could to stop investigations against his clients. The man was allegedly representing five (5) Health Department employees who were being investigated for allegedly selling jobs within the department for a price ranging between R5000 and R6000 in 2016. The suspect, Godfrey Sipho…

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SIX JAILED FOR MANUFACTURING AND DEALING IN DRUGS

MPUMALANGA: The Secunda District Court has on Wednesday, 5 April 2017 handed hefty sentences to six culprits who were found guilty of manufacturing and dealing in drugs. Chibuzor Paul Ezekware, Samuel Okafor and Goodwin Addo Abunne were each sentenced to 36 years imprisonment , Henry Ulangu Ukaegby and Innocent Akuziele will spend 16 years in jail each, while Junior Okafor was sentenced to 18 months behind bars. Ezekware, Okafor and Abunne were also ordered to pay R11 500, R4 800 and R7 000 back to…

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78-YEAR- OLD PENSIONER FOUND GUILTY OF THEFT

MPUMALANGA: Dick Johannes Hattingh, a 78-year-old pensioner, was found guilty by Nelspruit Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 on 12 Counts of Theft . In November 2015 the accused was employed at Lowveld Hunting Club and he stole R527 000 from the Club. The Sentence was postponed for 5 years on condition that accused pays back the money on monthly instalments of R3 000-00 for five years.

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HAWKS TAKE A FIRM STANCE AGAINST RACISM

PRETORIA – A member of the Hawks attached to South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) in Gauteng has voluntarily resigned after learning that the Hawks has laid a charge against him for calling his colleagues ‘kaffirs’. In a text sent to SANEB members’ WhatsApp group chat, the 47-year-old Warrant Officer blatantly called one of his colleagues a ‘kaffir’, an act that triggered urgent intervention from the unit’s commanders after several members expressed disapproval of the Warrant Officer’s actions. The officer, who has been in the…

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R2 MILLION WORTH OF COCAINE SEIZED, MAN DENIED BAIL

Johannesburg – Segundo Melendez Damacina, a 40-year-old man was remanded in custody by the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Thursday following his arrest on Wednesday, 05 April 2017. The Hawks members at the O.R Tambo International Airport followed up on information about a passenger who was flying from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Maputo, Mozambique via South Africa. When the man landed at the O.R Tambo International Airport his luggage was searched and 7kg of cocaine was found concealed inside soft drink containers, wrapped with a…

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HAWKS WELCOME SENTENCE IMPOSED ON FORMER MUNICIPAL MANAGER FOR CORRUPTION

WESTERN CAPE – The former Municipal Manager of Oudtshoorn Municipality, Martin Noël Pietersen (60) has been sentenced to effective five years imprisonment by the Oudtshoorn Regional Court on the 31st of March 2017 on five counts of the contravention of Sec 173 of the Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003. Pietersen was charged in August 2013, convicted during December 2016, which culminated in his recent sentencing. The judgement, understood to be the first, under this specific act, followed diligent investigations by the Serious Commercial…

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HAWKS ARREST TWO IN A FIGHT AGAINST SERIOUS COMMERCIAL CRIME

WESTERN CAPE – Granger Kaseke (28), was arrested following his appearance in the Mossel Bay District Court on Monday the 3rd of April 2017 for possession of cloned credit and gifts cards valued at thousands of rand. Kaseke was originally arrested during March 2017 after he had allegedly bought alcohol and gift vouchers valued at R25000 at the Langeberg Mall, preliminary investigations linked the accused to a fraudulent transaction valued at R38 000 performed at the Garden Route Mall in George on the same day…

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Police Operations at SA’s ports of entry yield successes

Police Operations at SA’s ports of entry yield successes Pretoria : 4 April 2017 – The South African Police Service, as part of its Back to Basics approach and in its efforts to prevent and combat crime and corruption at our borders, has led a nationwide police intelligence driven-operation over this past week. The multi-departmental operations which included the South African Revenue Services and the Department of Home Affairs were conducted at our land, sea and air ports. There were significant successes resulting from these…

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HAWKS DISMANTLED FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN FOR ILLEGAL MINERS

Free State- The Hawks have through project driven investigation, managed to disrupt and neutralize the organised food supplies for illegal miners working underground in Welkom area. Consequently, five suspects were arrested during the takedown operation in Welkom and appeared at Welkom Magistrates Court on Monday, 03 April 2017. Zwelandile Mpalampela (48) Zukisani Stemele (26), Thuso Ntuli (51), Hlathi Zawe (61) and Bongani Stone (38) were arrested for the alleged financial benefit and aiding of criminal activities. The arrest was made on Friday, 31 March 20017…

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HAWKS CONDUCT INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIONS UNDER NO INFLUENCE

PRETORIA – The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza would like to dismiss with contempt the allegations reported on the City Press newspaper dated Sunday, 26 March 2017. In the front page article headlined “S’bu Ndebele’s charges to be dropped” the newspaper claims that the Hawks have been told what to do or influenced in their decision-making. Lieutenant General Ntlemeza would like to put it on record that no one tells him or the Hawks in general…

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EIGHT Social Security Agency (SASSA) OFFICIALS ARRESTED FOR FRAUD AND CORRUPTION

MPUMALANGA: Members of the Hawks in Mpumalanga, SASSA and Crime Intelligence officers have arrested eight officials from South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) for fraud and corruption on Thursday, 23 March 2017. The suspects, eight women and a man, whose ages range between 32 and 63, allegedly manipulated the system by registering able people as people living with disabilities so that those people could receive grant money for which they did not qualify. The suspects defrauded the state for over R5.5 million. The investigations into…

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ALLEGED COP KILLER IN COURT

KWAZULU-NATAL – Hawks members attached to Durban Organised Crime Unit in conjunction with the King Shaka International Airport police members have on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 arrested Mfanafuthi Ngidi (29) for the murder and armed robbery of Constable Joseph Mondli Chiliza (38). Chiliza was shot and killed on his way to work on 28 February 2017. The suspects made off with his service pistol. A case of murder and armed robbery was reported at Folweni Police Station and the matter was duly referred to the…

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BOGUS PHARMACIST APPEARED IN COURT

LIMPOPO- Miyelani Carol Maswanganyi (43) has appeared in the Hlanganani Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 for operating a chemist without a licence, a direct contravention of Act 101 of 1965 sec 22a (1) of medicines and related substances. Hawks Commercial Crime Unit conducted an intelligence driven operation in August 2016. During the operation, two bogus chemists were identified in Sekororo and Mamaila Villages and were closed down. The owner of Sekororo bogus chemist was arrested during the operation but Maswanganyi, who owns a…

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FIVE SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF DRUGS

KWAZULU-NATAL – Members of the Hawks’ Organised Crime in Durban have arrested five suspects aged between 23 and 41 for possession of drugs on the N2 near Tongaat tollgate on Sunday, 19 March 2017. Two of the arrested suspects were policemen stationed at KwaDukuza Police Station. Hawks received information about two policemen who were transporting drugs from Chatsworth to KwaDukuza. A joint operation was swiftly conducted and the vehicle was intercepted along N2. A search was conducted and 498 heroine capsules were found in the…

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Five men arrested and in court regarding ORTIA armed robbery

Pretoria, Monday 20 March 2017: The South African Police Service is pleased to provide progress relating to yet another breakthrough in the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) heist/armed robbery. This follows the arrest of five men over the past weekend by members of the multi-disciplinary team investigating the armed robbery which occurred at ORTIA on Tuesday, 7 March 2017. The five men appeared briefly in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court today, facing a charge of armed robbery. The case has been remanded to the 28th…

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ALLEGED FRAUDSTER DENIED BAIL

NORTH WEST: Alleta Mathabo Moeti, a 46-year-old woman who was arrested by the Hawks in North West on Friday, 17 March 2017 for fraud, has been remanded in custody when she appeared at the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 20 March 2017. Moeti allegedly defrauded several small business owners by luring them to partner with her after she had told them that she had been awarded tenders from the Premier’s Office and from the Premier himself. The tenders never existed and the victims lost their…

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COURT ISSUE WARRANT OF ARRESTS AGAINST SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND COMPANY DIRECTORS

PRETORIA – The East London Magistrate Court has issued warrant of arrests after only one suspect out the nine handed himself over to the Hawks Task Team members on Friday. The outstanding eight suspects chose to abscond and instead picked to send their legal representatives to appear on their behalf. The suspects, who are subject to a fraud and corruption investigation, were duly informed last week and given ample time to present themselves. An agreement was reached with the investigation team that they would adhere…

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MAN APPEARS IN COURT FOR RUNNING AN ALLEGED PONZI SCHEME

WESTERN CAPE – Jaco Van der Westhuizen, 35, has appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 14 March 2017, over allegations of running a Ponzi scheme, which resulted in ‘investors’ losing just over a million rand. It is alleged that between 2015-08-25 and 2016-07-11; Van der Westhuizen lured unsuspecting members of the public to invest their money with him and promised them higher than normal returns, which never materialized. The investors suffered losses amounting to approximately R1 078 600-00. Investigations that began in…

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BUSINESSMAN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR FRAUD

WESTERN CAPE – Ockert Johannes Stephanus Fourie, 57, has been sentenced to an eight year jail term by the Oudtshoorn Magistrate’s Court on Thursday (16th March 2017) for allegedly defrauding ABSA Bank of almost R5-million. Fourie, a sole director of Close Corporation, Sunprix Grape and Citrus Distribution, defrauded the bank of approximately R4 866 819,98. This occurred after he had successfully transacted with the bank on previous occasions thereby gaining the bank’s trust resulting in the said transaction being approved without the requisite proof. The…

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MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR ARMED ROBBERY, MURDER

NORTH WEST: The Mmabatho High Court has on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 sentenced Dingaan Patrick Mandewo (44) to 17 years imprisonment without an option of a fine after he was found guilty of a spate of armed robberies, house breaking, murder and rape. Mandewo terrorised the community of Mahikeng before the Hawks put a stop to his reign of terror on 25 November 2016 when he was arrested for a robbery he had committed at a nursing college. In a separate matter two men, Liberty…

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