'Fraudster' remanded in custody
THE Limpopo woman accused of defrauding several people, including prominent figures and celebrities, will have to remain in police custody a little longer.
Kgabo Matsi appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court yesterday on two counts of fraud. She was to have applied for bail but the matter was postponed to June 19 and she was remanded in custody.
Matsi, 19, was arrested on May 18 at her town house in Bendor, Polokwane, after an intensive investigation by members of the Hawks.
During her court appearance yesterday Matsi sported a worn-out hairstyle and wore a black jersey and black trousers. She looked frustrated when magistrate Janine Ungerer postponed her bail application.
Her lawyer, Tumi Mokoena, tried in vain to have the matter heard earlier, but prosecutor Pat Nkuna of the office of the Director for Public Prosecutions said it was getting late and he wanted to attend to another matter about 400km away from Polokwane.
"I'm sorry for your client but we have to postpone this matter for another date agreed to by all parties," Ungerer said to Mokoena.
The first case was committed last year, when she allegedly conned a man out of R350,000. She was arrested and later released on R5000 bail.
She allegedly also bribed a police officer who was handling the same case. The warrant officer is currently on suspension after he was allegedly caught accepting the bribe.
The second case against Matsi relates to an incident in March this year, when she allegedly conned an Indian businessman in Polokwane out of R850,000.
Police spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Ronel Otto said yesterday that more charges were likely to be laid against Matsi.
"We are currently investigating several charges against her," Otto said.
Major-General Minah Molatjana, head of the Hawks in Limpopo, said yesterday she was impressed with the investigations so far and also the court proceedings.
Among others Matsi allegedly conned musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka out of R150,000 when she allegedly claimed to be working for former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni. - firstname.lastname@example.org