Hawks Spokesperson, Captain Matimba Maluleke has confirmed that the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Unit arrested a director of a certain law firm in Tzaneen, Limpopo for R1.9m fraud.
The 40-year old suspect was arrested by the unit for allegedly claiming money from Road Accident Fund (RAF) on behalf of unnamed clients.
Captain Matimba Maluleke disclosed that after the payment was made, the director withdrew the money for himself without paying out the clients.
“….After the money was paid into the trust fund account, he withdrew all of it for himself without paying out the clients and the estimated total loss of R1 950 590 was suffered by Attorneys Fidelity Fund,” Maluleke explained further.
The suspect appeared in the Tzaneen Magistrate Court on Thursday and was granted R5000 bail. His case was postponed to the 12 of April 2017. ”The investigation is continuing,” said Maluleke
The Hawks said an investigation into the crime continues.
Meanwhile, the Hawks have arrested seven officials for fraud and corruption at the Martindale and Langlaagte licensing departments. The eighth suspect, however, fled on his private vehicle after noticing the Hawks’ vehicles approaching Tembisa South police station.
The officials were said to have submitted fraudulent travelling claims for trips to KwaZulu-Natal‚ Limpopo‚ and Mpumalanga between March 2014 and March 2015.
The suspects; Warrant Officer Ali Mohlala (55)‚ Sergeant Johanna Msiza (41)‚ Sergeant Boycot Zembe (37)‚ Sergeant Gilbert Mohambi (36)‚ Sergeant Nare Lephalale (37)‚ Sergeant Marcus Malebe (37)‚ and Sergeant Moteku Tlolane (40) appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday morning.
Hawks Gauteng head‚ Major General Prince Mokotedi commended the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation team for the feat but condemned the law enforcers for perpetrating such criminal activities.
These arrests bring to 15 the number of officials arrested at traffic centres this month. The case was postponed until March 13 for further investigation.
Again, last week, the South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed the arrest and detention of illegal diamond dealers. As related, the arrest was facilitated by Hawks intelligence-driven investigation project which started in 2012.
The suspects Hardlife Bhebhura (35), a Zimbabwean citizen and Rodrigues Lima Jose Jorge (49) were arrested in Springbok as the kingpins of the illegal operations after they had transacted with an undercover agent.