Feb 4, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Sixth accused to appear in Absa R103m fraud case, Hawks reveal banks’ slain IT specialist embezzled cash to ex-lover

A 24-year-old woman is scheduled to appear before the Palm Ridge Specialty Court in Johannesburg on Friday in connection with R103 million stolen from Absa between September and December 2021.

The woman is is the sixth person to be arrested and charged with the crime and is believed to be the mistress of one of the accused, Gershom Matomane.

The Hawks announced they were arrested Thursday after Matomane and three others People emerged in court.

The suspected mastermind of the crime, Xolela Masebeni, an IT specialist at Absa who is said to have withdrawn funds from bank accounts, was shot dead in the Eastern Cape in February. He was out on bail in connection with the matter.

Masebeni died, leaving his 20-year-old wife Athembile Mpani and Matomane to pursue music. They are said to have received large sums of the stolen funds.

Two more defendants were added to the case on Thursday.

One was a Melmoth-based traditional healer, Khumbulani Elvis Ntombela , 43, also known as “Mabalengwe”. The other was Masebeni’s ex-girlfriend, Nonelwa Nondlazi.

The Hawks claimed the duo had been positively linked to the crime through bank transactions.

Nondlazi, 29, surrendered to authorities , accompanied by her legal representative, on Wednesday, while Ntombela was arrested by the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday.

The couple join the other accused in the matter, all of whom are charged with fraud, theft and are charged with money laundering.

Following Thursday’s trial, Ntombela and Nondlazi have been remanded in custody and their case has been postponed until next Wednesday pending their bail application.

Matomane and Mpani, who are out on bail, are expected back in court on June 30.

Fraudulent transactions worth R103 million were uncovered by Absa’s forensic department, who reported the matter to the police .

The investigation revealed that Mas Just accessed a company’s business account and transferred the money. Masebeni was arrested by the Hawks in Komani on January 19 and appeared in Queenstown Magistrates Court the next day.

At the time, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it had managed to recover R66 million.


NPA spokesman Phindi Mjonondwane said they were also attempting to trace and impound three vehicles said to have been purchased with the scammed money.

The Hawks said

Matomane has a pending case in Bellville, Cape Town, for alleged fraud at Capitec Bank along with five accomplices in Amount of R3.4 million< /p>

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