Second death linked to 'credit card lady'
Another man's death has been linked to a woman who is alleged to have gone on a shopping spree with a dead doctor's credit card. Both men died in mysterious circumstances.
Police have revealed that Malibyane Maoeng, 26, the woman who was last seen leaving a lodge with the late Dr Godfrey Sankubele Dire's car on June 30, had also reported the death of a man alleged to be her boyfriend four weeks prior to the doctor's demise.
Sowetan revealed on Monday that Maoeng had allegedly gone on a spending spree using the late Highlands Park team doctor Dire's credit card.
Dire's cause of death at a Sasolburg, Free State, lodge is the subject of a police inquest.
Sowetan has established that on June 5, Maoeng reported the death of ML Mokgobi, 37, who was found dead inside a white Polo.
According to Daveyton police station commander Colonel Kesivan Nengal-Chittiah, Maoeng told police she found Mokgobi dead inside his car that was parked on the pavement outside a house where she had rented a room in the backyard.
Nengal-Chittiah said Mokgobi was found with froth coming out of his mouth. This case is also the subject of a police inquest.
"Whenever we suspect poisoning we open a case of inquest because we take it as a not natural cause of death," he said. "I have instructed a team of investigators to open a file that I will monitor closely."
Maoeng allegedly bought a double-door fridge, a washing machine, a bed and a carpet - all totalling R21000 on Dire's credit card.
She is accused of also withdrawing R5000 to pay a deposit on an apartment she intended to rent. She was nabbed two weeks ago after being on the run from police for nearly a month.
Yesterday, she appeared in the Benoni Magistrate's Court where she faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and fraud. The matter was postponed to next month for further investigation.
One of the tenants at Maoeng's rented place where Mokgobi was discovered said Maoeng told them she did not know how the man died because he told her he was leaving after they had an argument the previous night.
"But what shocked me was the fact that the man was seated in the front passenger's seat with foam coming out of his mouth," said the tenant.
Two suspects were initially arrested three days after Dire's death for being in possession of his white Mercedes-Benz.
The duo - one of whom was Maoeng's ex-boyfriend - was released on bail.
Maoeng had loaned the car to him and he was arrested with a female companion after taking the car on a joyride in Daveyton and later allegedly drove it to a motel in a Benoni. That's where the pair was arrested.
Maoeng's family has reacted with shock to the news about her alleged criminal activity.
They were worried about her safety as she could not be reached on her cellphone and had deactivated her social media pages.
Jeremane Maoeng, who has a child with her, said she broke up with him three years ago and he had not seen her for a while. "We have a seven-year-old child together, but I decided to let her go because I could not afford the bling-bling life she wanted," he said.