Equal Siyakhula Zitha (19) and Kamogelo Makua (20) were granted R5000.00 bail each upon appearance in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 23 July 2020 for two separate cases of fraud and possession of suspected stolen motor vehicle.
The accused were arrested in Phola near Ogies, Mpumalanga on Tuesday, 21 July 2020, subsequent to investigation regarding fraudulent car deals on Monday, 20 July 2020 at one of the car dealerships in Klerksdorp.
During the arrest, Zitha was found in possession of a Ford Ranger. Further investigation in conjunction with Wesbank, linked Makua to five fraudulent vehicle purchase transactions including the Ford Ranger found in possession of Zitha.
The other two transactions were conducted in Vereeniging and Pretoria respectively. It was also established that the format of the salary advice’s and bank statements used by the suspects were possibly linked to a syndicate operating from Phola of which several cases were registered for fraudulent transactions between November 2018 and March 2020 in Witbank, Boksburg, Lydenburg, Sandton, Burgersfort, White River and Nelspruit.
The accused will reappear in court on Tuesday, 7 September 2020.
In a separate incident, an enquiry docket was opened after a Toyota Avanza which Zitha’s relatives travelled in to attend court, was seized. That was after preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle was sought for recovery by Wesbank. The car was allegedly bought with similar salary advice’s and bank statements used to fraudulently purchase vehicles in Klerksdorp.
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