Tebogo Msimanga |
A 47-year-old suspect is expected to appear before the Durban Magistrates Court on Monday on charges of fraud and possession of stolen property.
His arrest came after an intelligence-driven operation that was conducted on Saturday, 6 March 2021 by the Durban Central District Task Team.
Captain Nqobile Gwala said the team pounced on the suspect who was withdrawing cash from different Sassa cards at an ATM on Anton Lembede Street. The suspect was driving a Mercedes Benz which he recently bought.
“Seventy Sassa cards were seized from the suspect and cash of R7640-00 was also recovered. His vehicle was also seized by police. Further investigation conducted by the team led them to the suspect’s residence in Umhlanga where a USB stick was found after being thrown own of the window.” Said Gwala.
Acting KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner, Thulani Gonya said he is pleased with the arrest of the fraudster and the seizure of Sassa cards. “It is heartbreaking to learn that there are people who are robbing our citizens who wait anxiously for their money but only to be disappointed when no monies are paid into their accounts.”
Gonya added that a thorough investigation will be conducted to ensure that all involved are brought to book.