MANDOZA CRASH CAR SCAM

THE crashed car, in which kwaito star Mandoza was found a week ago, has led to the arrests of eight people.

THE crashed car, in which kwaito star Mandoza was found a week ago, has led to the arrests of eight people.

The car is registered in the name of a person who lives in Venda, Limpopo. His name is known to Sowetan.

The Mini Cooper, in which the injured Mandoza was found, is believed to be registered under a false name.

Eight men were arrested on Thursday for their alleged involvement in an asset fraud syndicate after the crash.

They appeared in court yesterday on fraud charges.

The case was postponed to next week.

They are Nkululeko Bobo Ncube, 33, (Mandoza's friend), Dumisani Khumalo, 33, Nhlanhla Khumalo, 33, Danny Maposi, 40, Leesah Rah, 35, Ayanda Dladla, 29, Khumba Sibanda, 31, and Mzwandile Sibanda, 32.

At the crash scene in Weltevreden Park on the West Rand last week Ncube said he owned the car.

Hawks spokesperson Musa Zondi said the men allegedly stole people's identity books, took out loans at banks to buy properties and vehicles that were later resold.

Police said Mandoza was in the back seat, while his friend - the alleged owner of the car - arrived on the scene 45 minutes later after the police had called him.

Zondi said Mandoza was not linked to the investigation at the moment and was not arrested.

A case of reckless and negligent driving was opened last week.

Zondi said asset and identity fraud was of great concern to the Hawks.

The main case, he said, was in Silverton, Pretoria.

He said it was possible that more people might be arrested as the investigations continued.

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