Loan shark in court for breach of National Credit Act

A suspected loan shark was recently arrested and appeared in Culcutta Magistrates Court for breaching the Nationa Credit Act.

LOAN SHARK ARRESTED IN JOINT OPERATION

Major General Zodwa Mokoena, Provincial Head of the Priority Crimes Investigations Directorate, highly commended the integrated multi-disciplinary operation being carried out by the Nelspruit-based Hawks Serious Commercial Crimes Investigation Service in partnership with national regulators of credit (NCR).

The operation took place on Wednesday 1st June 2022 at Cunning Moor (B), Mpumalanga.

A suspect has been arrested for violating Section 133 of the National Credit Act, Law 34 of 2005.

“Information has been received and followed up by the team regarding the suspect who was operating an illegal cash lending business without being registered with the national credit regulator.

“During the preliminary investigation, it was established that the suspect kept the bank cards of his customers to secure the payment of their loans.

said Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi.

She added that a search and seizure warrant had been obtained from the court and executed at its premises.

IDENTITY BOOKLETS, BANK CARDS AND SASSA SEIZURES

In addition, during the search, SASSA cards, bank cards from various banks, identity documents, 77 bank statements and 18 loan registers in the names of customers were seized for further investigation.

Sekgotodi said the suspect was immediately arrested.

Major General Mokoena further issued a stern warning to those who keep identity documents and cards of others to secure debt repayment.

She also advised older people to refrain from giving these hooligans their belongings as it is illegal.

The general concluded by appealing to the public to continually report such occurrences to the police.

Credit cards, identity documents, bank statements and other items were seized. Photos: Falcons

DUO ARRESTED FOR FRAUD AT THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

Meanwhile, in Bloemfontein, the case against two senior court clerks working at the Magistrates’ Court has been adjourned to August 11, 2022 after they were each granted R4,000 bail on Thursday.

Thembisile Enie Ntshengila (38) and Zamambo Thulisule Mkhize (35), who worked as senior administrative clerks at the Warden Magistrates’ Court, allegedly defrauded Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Development third party funds received from clients of the department.

The two suspects were arrested by the Bloemfontein-based Hawks serious corruption investigation team on Wednesday.

“The suspects were tasked with receiving and collecting money for the department. They then used some of the money they were supposed to bank for their own benefit,” Hawks spokesman Captain Christopher Singo said.

The incident happened between 2018 and 2020.

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