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Frank Maponya

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The wife of Timothy Molopa, Molemole municipality's communications manager who was arrested for a R200000 car insurance fraud, has also been arrested.

The woman is facing charges of fraud and defeating the ends of justice.

Her arrest on Monday follows an intensive investigation into a "stolen" Jeep Cherokee belonging to the couple.

The car was reported hijacked in Polokwane on September 11, but police investigations established that it had crossed the Beitbridge border post into Zimbabwe two days before the hijacking was reported.

On the day it crossed the border the car allegedly had legal papers, which led police to believe that Molopa might have sold it so he could claim from the insurance company.

Polokwane police spokesman Captain Mohlaka Mashiane confirmed yesterday that Moyahabo Gink Molopa, 32, was arrested for fraud and defeating the ends of justice.

Molopa was granted a R500 bail on Monday and the matter was postponed to November 17 for further investigation.

"Our investigations have revealed that the couple assisted each other in defrauding the insurance company," Mashiane said yesterday.

He said the woman had signed affidavits that confirmed that the car had been stolen.

"We have discovered that the vehicle's insurance was registered in the woman's name, which makes her an accessory to the crime," he said.

The woman is reported to have taken the insurance because the couple has a joint estate. The woman is a radiologist at a Polokwane hospital.

Police investigations were sparked by a R200000 insurance payout after claims that the couple's car had been hijacked.

Her husband is out on R1000 bail and his next court appearance is on November 27.


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