Hlokomelo Mabogale |
A 32- year-old Mpumalanga woman, Nomfundo Petronella Sambo who claimed to be Deputy President David Mabuza’s niece has been sentenced to seven years in jail for fraud. Nelspruit Regional Court handed the judgment on Tuesday.
This comes after Sambo, used fake name ‘Thandeka Mabuza’ in a written affidavit on 5 November 2018 that Mabuza was planning to kill ecotourism businessman Fred Daniels and she saw a hitlist of the people to be murdered by him.
“The Hawks investigation later found that the Deputy President was not in the country at the time of the alleged offence. It became clear that the statement may not have been truthful but a possible fabrication, including her relationship with the Deputy President”, said the national Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi in a statement on Wednesday.
Sambo now is faced with effective seven years in jail as she pleaded guilty on all charges on 5 August 2020.
Breaking down the charges, Mulaudzi said they include concealing her real identity and using a pseudo names of “Thandeka Mabuza” and masquerading as the Deputy President’s niece, for which she was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment without an option of a fine.”
The court also found her guilty on a charge of opening a false case of kidnapping, theft and robbery at Low’s Creek SAPS. Sambo claimed that she lost a work laptop and R4,000 in cash.“ For this she was sentenced to seven years imprisonment without an option of a fine. A further six years imprisonment was imposed on her for a fraudulent purchase of furniture valued at of R28000 at Russells, Hazeview.” Concluded Mulaudzi.