Police bust 'con woman'
A woman who has been described as a habitual liar by her victims after she allegedly fleeced them of money in exchange for fake jobs at Transnet was arrested at the weekend.
She is expected to appear in the KaBokweni magistrat'e's court in Mpumalanga today.
The 23-year-old woman was arrested on Friday night along the R40 road between White River and Nelspruit.
This was after she allegedly tried to skip the province and return to Pretoria with the help of an "old flame" at about 9pm.
Police had already asked the public to help track her down after a number of people had laid charges of fraud against her at KaBokweni police station.
The woman met this journalist on Thursday night at her uncle's home at Rocky's Drift and promised she would give anything to prevent her story from being published.
Mpumalanga organised crime unit spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi telephoned her, pretending be her lover who had disappeared three years ago.
"She swallowed my plea hook, line and sinker. She asked me to help her escape to Pretoria. So I arranged with the investigating officer to be on standby before going to fetch her on Friday night," said Hlathi.
Police later pounced on the "couple" (Hlathi and the woman) and handcuffed both before taking her away.
The woman allegedly convinced people, most of them her friends, to fork out amounts ranging between R3500 and R10000 in exchange for jobs at Transnet, where she claimed she worked in the human resources section.
Her victims include a Nelspruit-based police reservist, Nohlanhla Sibanyoni, and two women working in the lab at Johannesburg General Hospital.
"I'm just a reservist for now but I wanted a better job, hence, I paid this woman R3500 so that she could ensure I got a job at Transnet. I was so stupid to believe in her lies," Sibanyoni said yesterday.
The two women, Mpumi Buyeye and Thuli Ngwenya, claimed they gave the woma R5000 and R8000 respectively. "We trusted her because she was our friend. But we later discovered that she was a habitual liar, a con woman," said Ngwenya yesterday.