Syndicate members have to stay in jail

Cecil Motsepe

Cecil Motsepe

Members of a syndicate, who were bust for allegedly using fake documents to make debt at the expense of unsuspecting government officials, were denied bail yesterday.

The Germiston magistrate's court remanded Ntombifikile Sokuni, 31, Zacharia Phala, 46, and David Maphutheni, 32, in custody after investigators expressed fears that they might disappear or interfere with investigations.

The group is suspected of applying for credit cards in other people's names before going on spending sprees. Police found pay slips and ID books belonging to the group's targeted victims. The group was also in possession of 16 cellphone SIM cards. Some victims received statements from banks or furniture shops indicating that they had taken up home loans. Others had companies deducting money from their salaries for contract cellphones they did not own.

The case was postponed to December 18.