Fourth Eskom prepaid electricity fraudster appears in court

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Hawk’s in Mpumalanga on Thursday, 20 May 2021 arrested Phumzile Constance Masimula (42), an alleged fraudster accused of selling Eskom prepaid electricity vouchers. It is alleged that Masimula who is a teacher by Profession, was part of the syndicate that operated in Middleburg and surrounding areas implicated in the illegal sale of electricity to their local community.

Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said this intensive Investigation kick-started in 2019, after a whistle-blower alerted the authorities of the syndicate’s unlawful dealings. “The investigators established that the group was dispensing prepaid electricity vouchers using unauthorized vending machines at a very low price. The team went undercover and monitored transactions with the unsuspecting targets thereby building a watertight case against them.”

Sekgotodi added that three other syndicate members, Anna Nelisiwe Mahlangu (35), Jan Mandla Mnguni (47) and Zodwa Hilda Msiza (39) were arrested on 22 October 2020 for similar charges. They were later released on R3 500.00 bail each, following their court appearance.

The case against Masimula was postponed to 25 June 2021 to join her co-accused, whilst she was released on free bail by Siyabuswa Magistrate Court on the same day of the arrest.

The Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Zodwa Mokoena urged the community to stop buying electricity from criminals as this is promoting criminality and negatively affecting Eskom to deliver much-needed power.

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