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Teacher's cellphone scam

By unknown | Dec 19, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Given Mahlalela

Given Mahlalela

A Mpumalanga schoolteacher appeared in court at Boschfontein yesterday on perjury charges after she had claimed to the police that her two cellphones had been stolen by thugs in two separate incidents.

Yvonne Thwala, 24, of Driekoppies Trust, outside Malelane, was arrested last month after she had opened criminal charges about the "theft" of her phones in October and November.

She made her third appearance in the Boschfontein periodical court yesterday, where the case was postponed to January 20.

Thwala is a teacher at a private school in Driekoppies.

She told police that the first phone was stolen in Nelspruit in October and opened a robbery case shortly afterwards.

Police said she told them she wanted to claim the stolen phone from her insurance and asked for the case number so that she could give the insurance company.

But the police were unable to provide the case number immediately and advised her to come back the following day for it.

Schoemansdal police spokesman Constable Nompilo Qwabe told Sowetan that Thwala turned up at the police station a week later with the same story.

She said her Samsung E 250 was also stolen by unknown men in Driekoppies and opened another robbery case.

The police became suspicious.


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