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Ten suspects due in court for commercial crime


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Western Cape

WESTERN CAPE - In pursuit of justice, detectives attached to the Provincial Commercial Crimes Unit, teamed up with investigators from financial institutions and stopped a fraud syndicate operating with cloned fuel cards in their tracks. The nine male fraudsters and one female aged between 23 and 41 are expected to make their court appearances in Paarl Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 02 November 2021, to face the charges against them. The female suspects is an intern employed by SAPS in Mitchells Plain, and her involvement is also the subject of a departmental investigation.   

Intensive investigation into the syndicate’s criminal activities led the investigation team to a petrol filling station in Paarl earlier in the week where the suspects were apprehended in possession of 52 cloned fuel cards, mostly linked to government vehicles. Three point of sale devices, 14 cellular telephones, 74 x 25 litre containers, four vehicles, fuel slips and cash to the tune of R32 000-00 were also confiscated. 

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the ten suspects is still underway and the possibility of more arrests is not excluded. 


Colonel Andrè Traut
083 300 1752


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