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2020/10/07      |  Written By:  Captain D Sekgotodi   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

MPUMALANGA –The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Mpumalanga appeals to the public to help in locating a 40-year-old S’fiso Johannes Khumalo whom it is believed can assist ongoing investigations into Rockdale Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses fraud case.

It is alleged that in October 2018, Sylvia Nyandeni (43) an employee of Steve Tshwete Municipality allegedly colluded with Khumalo to defraud applicants of RDP houses in Middelburg. Nyandeni misrepresented herself as having the authority to receive money from the destitute applicants. The defrauded victims were given a bank account of Khumalo to deposit the funds which amounted to just over R700 000.

The pair reportedly shared the proceeds afterwards.  Nyandeni  and Khumalo were summoned to appear before the Middelburg Magistrates’ Court on 24 July 2020, however only Nyandeni managed to honour the court appearance whilst Khumalo sent a sick note stating he was not feeling well. The court ordered that Khumalo appear alongside Nyandeni on the follow-up date which was scheduled for 20 August 2020, he was informed accordingly but he once again absconded.

The court consequently issued a warrant of arrest against Khumalo. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to contact the investigating officer in the case, Sergeant Amos Mahlangu on 071 481 3069 or contact Crime stop 0860 010111 or by sending a tip off via MySAPSApp. All information received will be treated with the strictest confidence.