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EASTERN CAPE – Machasela Manitshana (55) was sentenced seven years direct imprisonment after he was found guilty of fraud by the Engcobo Magistrate Court on Friday.
During the year 1994 Manitshana fraudulently claimed the pension money of his brother from Teba Bank Ltd. His brother died from a car accident in November 1994 and was 25-years-old at the time. He worked as a miner in Johannesburg and even though he stated in his Will that he wanted the mother of his two daughters to inherit his R130 098,22 pension money his 55-year-old brother successfully claimed it.
Rand Mutual Assurance opened a case of fraud during February 2009 and the Serious Commercial Crime wing of the Hawks arrested Manitshana on 12 October 2010.
The court also ordered that he pay back Rand Mutual R130 098,22.
The Eastern Cape Provincial Head for the Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation, Major-General Nyameko Nogwanya congratulated the investigating officers for conducting a thorough investigation which has led to this outcome.