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Three suspects remanded in custody for conspiring to hack SASSA

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks)


MPUMALANGA – Three suspects Matholeni Sydwell Masilela (40), Brian Mfundo Masina (28) and Moses Khumalo (36) were remanded in custody by the Nelspruit Magistrate Court on Monday following their arrest on Friday for allegedly conspiring to steal monies by hacking into the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) system.

Masilela, Masina and Khumalo were arrested in Nelspruit during an intelligence driven operation by the Hawks' Serious Corruption Investigation together with Cyber Crime, Local Criminal Record Centre and South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

The suspects were plotting to pilfer SASSA’s monies by hacking into the organization’s system. 

An electronic device which was intended to be used to extract information including a laptop, a scanner, SASSA cards and the suspect’s vehicle were seized during the operation.

The case has been postponed to Monday 03 August 2020 for verification of addresses and possible bail application.

Investigations are still ongoing.



Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi
071 481 3493