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2023/09/29      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel S Mhlongo   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

KWAZULU-NATAL – On Tuesday 26 September 2023, Thembi Sishi (60) briefly appeared in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court following her arrest by the Hawks members from Durban Serious Commercial Crime Investigation. She is facing 34 counts of fraud by misrepresentation. 

Sishi was employed as a teacher, during the period 2007 to 2017 she submitted fraudulent death insurance claims to various insurance companies. She claimed that different relatives and biological children under her funeral policies were deceased of which some of them died due to unnatural causes. The insurance companies paid her a total amount of R897 912.52 on different occasions.

A case of fraud was reported at Durban North police station and the case docket was allocated to the Hawks members for further investigation. A warrant of arrest was issued and was executed on Tuesday.

She was remanded in custody and the case was postponed to 2 October 2023 for bail application.   

The KwaZulu-Natal Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Provincial Head, Major General (Dr) Lesetja Senona welcomed the arrest of the accused and applauded the members for the good work.