Brian Mfundo Masina (28) and Moses Khumalo (36) were each granted a stiff R10 000-00 bail in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 17 September 2020, whilst their accomplice 40-year-old Mathole Sydwel Masilela’s bail bid failed.
The trio were arrested by a multidisciplinary team led by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation during an intelligence driven operation in Mbombela on 24 July 2020. This followed a tip off that they approached a South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) official and enticed her to assist them in hacking the SASSA system in order for them to register bogus beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, Masilela was denied bail after it came to light that he was in fact out on R30 000-00 bail on similar cases which were allegedly committed in East London where he targeted the social grant outlets as well as post offices.
The case against the trio was postponed to 22 October 2020, pending further investigation.
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