POLOKWANE- LOAN SHARKS ARRESTED FOR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF SASSA CARDS

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By : Otto Ngoveni
news.giyaniview@mailbox.co.za

LIMPOPO- Eight suspects were arrested by the Hawks together with Crime Intelligence, SAPS Burgersfort Crime Prevention, and Department of Social Development members during an intelligence driven operation at Burgersfort Twin City Complex on Tuesday, 1st August 2017.

Police followed up on information about the alleged loan sharks around the area who were unlawfully in possession of SASSA cards and subsequently eight (8) suspects, Sinky Mongwatseleng, Ntsibana Hilda Malepe (35), Dollina Refilwe Mahlako (52), Magapeletsi Thomas Phokane (58), Marobaganye Desmond Matemane (29), Getrude Malepe (43), Tebogo Moloto (35) and Modjadji Mohlala were arrested.

During the arrest, police took 328 Sassa cards, 432 bank cards, 230 identification books, 67 smart identification cards and R65 000-00 hard cash.

All suspects already appeared in the Praktiseer Magistrate Court on 2 August 2017 for contravention of Social Service Act 13 of 2004 Sec 20 (1) (3) and contravention of National Credit Act 34 of 2005 and they were all granted R1 000-00 bail each. However, they will appear again on 21 September 2017 in the Praktiseer Magistrate Court.

Limpopo Hawks spokesperson, Captain Matimba Maluleke warned all loan sharks to distance themselves from their usual trading as they are unlawful.

Edited by Rhandzu Hlungwane

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