- Three people have been arrested for theft of a woman’s pension.
- They allegedly persuaded her to deposit R2.3 million, promising to double her returns.
- The three suspects have been released on bail.
Three people have been arrested by the Hawks after allegedly scamming a pensioner out of approximately R2.3 million, promising to double her returns.
It is alleged that the pensioner was approached by a friend who took her to a house in Mahikeng, said Hawks spokesperson Captain Tlangeni Rikhotso. There, the two women met several men who introduced themselves as traditional healers.
“The alleged traditional healers reportedly prayed for the pensioner and called upon her ancestors to bless her. She was subsequently allegedly informed that she would double her money within four days of investing,” Rikhotso said.
The pensioner subsequently transferred R2.3 million into the account provided and waited four days for her money to double.
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Four days later, she tried to get in touch with her friend, but to no avail.
She then reported the matter to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation.
“The Mahikeng based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit probed the matter,” Rikhotso said.
On 11 April, the pensioner’s friend, Irene Godfred, 40, and Hakim Mphoza, 35, both from Uganda, were arrested in Mahikeng for theft and each released on R10 000 bail.
Meanwhile, another suspect, Macbeth Nqobo, 47, was arrested and appeared before the Ottosdal Magistrate’s Court, where he was also released on R10 000 bail.
“The three accused will appear before the Ottosdal Magistrate’s Court on 12 July for further investigation. Meanwhile, more arrests cannot be ruled out,” Rikhotso added.