'Fraudster' to hear her fate
AN ALLEGED Limpopo conwoman who stands accused of defrauding several people of thousands of rands will know tomorrow whether she would be granted bail.
This was because magistrate Janine Ungerer requested time to apply her mind before taking a decision.
Alfrida Matse, 29, applied for bail in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court yesterday.
During arguments over the bail application, the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Herman Els, said Matse was facing 17 other charges of fraud, apart from the one she was appearing on, and that investigations were still continuing.
"It is on this basis that I believe should the accused be granted bail she would commit further charges and also interfere with witnesses," Els, of the Polokwane commercial branch of the police, told the court.
He said Matse's modus operandi was that she would target rich business people and promise to enter into business with them by showing them "fraudulent" documents from banking institutions or lawyers indicating she had money in the bank, which she claimed to have inherited from her lateparents.
She would claim the money would be released in a few days' time.
After convincing the business people to agree to do business with her, Matse would make an about-turn and claim the bank was delaying to release the R400-million left for her and would then borrow huge sums of money from other unsuspecting business people.
Els cited an example of one TD Tsotetsi, of Akasia in Pretoria, who he said had lost R1-million after Matse managed to convince him after showing him copies from the bank that she had R4-million in her account.
Another case, according to Els, was that of NC Maubane, another resident of Akasia, who was swindled of R380000.
He said Matse was arrested over this matter and appeared in a Pretoria court last Friday.
He also said Matse had also written a letter to then South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni indicating she had borrowed money from various people and wanted at least R35-million to be released so she could pay her creditors.
Prosecutor Pat Nkuna corroborated Els's statements and said it would not be in the best interests of justice to grant Matse bail.
Her lawyer, Tumi Mokoena, argued that there were no paper trails incriminating Matse to the transactions because the agreements were done "verbally".