The Rapid Rail Police Unit in KwaZulu-Natal apprehended a 29-year-old woman allegedly selling unauthentic SASSA cards.
As learnt, the arrest follows information offered by another woman. She reportedly learned about the fraud and pretended to be a customer wanting to buy the card.
She made an appointment to meet with the woman selling the SASSA cards at Umgeni Road and invited the police who arrested the suspect for questioning and investigations.
During interrogations, the suspect divulged that she got the cards from a woman at Empangeni. According to her, the woman has boxes full of the unauthentic SASSA cards, and each card cost R1000.
Her belongings were searched afterward and two SASSA cards found in her possession.
Although the matter is still under investigation, the suspect is expected to appear before the Durban Central Magistrate’s Court today for Fraud charges.
Meanwhile, another two suspects aged 18 and 24, will also appear before the Umlazi Magistrate’s Court today for fraud and possession of R1.2 million counterfeit notes.
The two were nabbed by K9 Unit members from Umlazi area after they followed up information at U section, Umlazi, about fake notes.
“The members pounced in the house and it was searched. With the help of currency detection dog, Erica, the members recovered R1,2 million from the house as well as from the vehicle that was parked in the premises.
“All notes were R100 fake notes with same serial numbers. Two suspects who were in the house were arrested and charged for fraud and possession of counterfeit notes,” SAPS related.
Speaking, KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bhekinkosi Langa praised K9 unit for acting swiftly on information received and arresting the suspects.
“I also thank members of the community for supplying the police with positive information about suspects allegedly in possession of these fake notes,” added the Major General.