SAPS officials held over scam - Two clerks suspected of defrauding R2m

TWO officials in the South African Police Service have been arrested for allegedly siphoning millions of rands belonging to pensioners into their relatives' bank accounts.

The two clerks - Agnes Nkuna and Jabulani Shandu - are suspected of defrauding about R2-million from the beneficiaries, South African Police Service spokesman Lieutenant Solomon Makgale has confirmed. He said the two have been charged with fraud and their criminal case will go to court on September 22.

Nkuna has since been dismissed from the SAPS, while Shandu's disciplinary hearing has not yet been completed.

Makgale said Nkuna was arrested after Kgologano Mompati, son of deceased warrant officer Rankwane Mompati, opened a fraud case in December last year.

Shandu was arrested in March this year on similar charges. The officials were allegedly registering beneficiaries fraudulently. Their modus operandi was to register their relatives as the beneficiaries of police officers who had died and to pay some of the money of the deceased to the relatives.

Makgale said a comprehensive forensic investigation which was ordered by former police minister Nathi Mthethwa to establish who else was involved in the scam had been completed and their results would be announced soon.

A source told Sowetan that the scam was much more serious as it was suspected to have spread to national level.

"Pensioners and beneficiaries, including those who have resigned, are made to pay a fee to have documents processed," said the source, adding that there was a syndicate made up of relatives of high-ranking officials defrauding pensioners and that senior members of the police were aware of this.

"These are extremely serious claims. We request anyone who has information about such criminality to assist the police by providing us with information so that we can investigate it.

"They can call 0860010111 or SMS 32211. They don't have to say who they are, we just want facts: who is doing what, where, when and how," said Makgale in response to the allegations.

"The perpetrators are known. There has been a very few arrests in the past few months but nothing compared to the problem," Makgale said.

Makgale confirmed there were problems in the section responsible for the processing and payment of service termination benefits to former employees and those employed under the SAPS and PublicService Act.

He said there would be more arrests before the end of the year if they had to go by the findings of the forensic report.

He said they would be meeting theMompati family before the end of this week to compensate them the money that Nkuna had allegedly transferred into her relatives' account.



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