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By unknown | Nov 05, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala and Chester Makana

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A Limpopo police inspector will appear in the Watervaal magistrate's court near Elim in the area today on a charge of fraud.

The 42-year-old inspector, who is based at the Watervaal police station, was arrested at his house on Saturday in full view of his bemused children and neighbours.

He is allegedly linked to withdrawals of money belonging to a teacher who was killed in a car accident on the notorious Louis Trichardt-Polokwane road last month.

The victim, Makatu Mavhungu, 27, of Mashau village, was knocked down in a hit-and-run accident.

Mavhungu was on his way from work at Jonathan Mushathama Secondary in Dzanani district, Makhado, when he was killed.

The inspector allegedly used the deceased's cash to buy some domestic appliances from different stores in Elim.

He even used some of the money to buy a fence from Easy Build Hardware.

Limpopo police spokesman, Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba, said police were tipped off by residents that the suspect was using the deceased's bank card.

The suspect is reported to have arrived at the accident scene minutes after it happened.

"When he arrived at the accident scene, he allegedly forced the man, who was in a state of confusion, to tell him where his bank card was," said Ramatseba.

He said the suspect allegedly also forced Mavhungu to give him his PIN number.

"After a week or so, a good number of withdrawals had been made from the deceased's bank account.

"This forced us to launch an investigation, resulting in the arrest of the suspect on Saturday.

It was later discovered that about R5000 was withdrawn from the deceased man's account," said Ramatseba.

He further revealed that the suspect also allegedly used part of the money to buy clothes and a few bags of cement for the building work on his house.

"We seriously condemn his actions.

"We hope the law will take its course because his actions have dented the image of the police.

"Police should lead by example because how will the community express confidence in us if we steal from other people?" said Ramatseba.

The suspect is expected to appear in court today.


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