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By Getrude Makhafola | Nov 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

HE "STOLE" R472000 from his employer, SBV cash services, and then paid his sangoma R19000 to make employers not suspect him.

HE "STOLE" R472000 from his employer, SBV cash services, and then paid his sangoma R19000 to make employers not suspect him.

The plan was for him to come back to work as normal after three days and the employers "smiling and welcoming" him instead of suspecting that he was the thief.

"The sangoma had promised him that the muthi would work wonders. His bosses would have wool over their eyes when he walked in," a police officer said.

The 24-year-old man from Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, now sits in jail with his sangoma after the police swooped on them and recovered R295000 of the money. The loot was found in Ekurhuleni in Gauteng and Nquthu in KwaZulu-Natal.

"The man had part of the cash stashed at his house in Daveyton, while a friend put away some of it in a wardrobe in Wadeville," police spokesperson Constable Thabiso Ledwaba said.

Ledwaba said police were alerted by SBV that some money was missing.

They also recognised one of their employees on CCTV cameras stealing cash on the premises.

"He called in sick the following day. Then he probably went to KwaZulu-Natal to consult his sangoma whom he paid R19000," Ledwaba said.

The suspect came back to work with scars all over his body. To his dismay he was arrested.

He led police to his house, where R143000 was recovered, wrapped in plastic bags. The police travelled with him to Nquthu in KwaZulu-Natal, where his sangoma stays.

They arrested the sangoma, searched the place and discovered R19100 stashed on the veranda.

"Further investigations led us back to Gauteng in Wadeville. We discovered R132000 at his friend's house," Ledwaba said.

There was no one in the house. Ledwaba said the police are looking for the third suspect, who is said to have bought a new car.

"So far we have recovered R295000 of the cash.

"We are still looking for the third suspect, whom we believe has the rest of the outstanding money," Superintendent Peter Kgomo of the Boksburg police said.

And what did the 24-year-old suspect manage to buy with some of the loot?

Ledwaba said: "He bought two medium-sized speakers. That was all he bought."

The suspects will appear in court today.


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