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2020/08/21      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer L Steyn   |   Province:  Free State

FREE STATE – Bongani Innocent Mazibuko (38), briefly appeared at the Harrismith Magistrates' Court on Wednesday along with Hopewell Mpendula Daguma (31), on charges of Fraud, Money laundering and Theft.

The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation linked Mazibuko to a case of fraud committed at Harrismith Standard Bank earlier this year where Daguma and his partner, a then bank employee, Thandeka Tryphina Mlangeni (32) allegedly cloned a bank card which she linked to a client’s account whereupon she transferred an amount of R1.million into Daguma’s account through various fraudulent transactions.

Mlangeni and Daguma were arrested on 05 June 2020, at their respective homes when warrants for their arrest were executed, they were consequently charged on just over 80 counts of fraud which includes theft and money laundering. They appeared in the Harrismith Magistrates Court and were granted R5000 each pending further investigation.

The Hawks’ investigation revealed that Daguma utilised some of the money to buy a Nissan NP200, which he sold for R120 000 on 09 June. The proceeds of the sale were then deposited into Mazibuko’s account who in turn allegedly withdrew it and gave it to Daguma in cash.

Both accused are expected to appear in the same court on Friday for a formal bail application. Meanwhile, the initial case against Mlangeni and Daguma scheduled to be heard in the Bethlehem Regional Court on 11 September 2020.