Cops ‘scammed illiterate woman’

2014-01-22 00:00

AN illiterate woman alleged to have been a victim of an “informer fee scam” run by two local policemen, said at their trial yesterday they’d asked her to sign her name and put her thumb print onto documents she didn’t understand.

Sibongile Christina Nongoma of Pietermaritzburg was giving evidence for the state against policemen Mbongwa Dladla (46) and Vusumuzi Madonsela (41). The two men face charges of fraud (alternatively theft by false pretences) of R109 500 for allegedly submitting false informer fee claims to the SAPS between August 2006 and August 2009.

At the time they were detectives at Mountain Rise police station.

Both deny any wrongdoing.

Dladla’s advocate Martin Krog told the court the policeman will say that all three alleged “false” informers (including Nongoma) were in reality registered informers with the SAPS.

Nongoma, who is a sangoma, testified yesterday she met Dladla during 2008 when she became a witness in connection with a stabbing incident, and he’d taken a witness statement from her.

She told regional court magistrate Bhekizitha Phoswa she is uneducated and cannot read or write, except her name “S.C. Nongoma”.

She said she was told at one point that the case in connection with which she was to be a witness, had been withdrawn.

About nine months later Dladla and Madonsela came to her home and Dladla told her the matter had been reinstated. He then asked her to give him her identity document to photocopy, which she did.

At their request she had also accompanied the policemen to Mountain Rise police station where Dladla took out a “number of documents” and asked her to place her thumb print on them and to sign her name. “He said he was preparing for the matter,” she said.

She told the court of other occasions thereafter when she was also asked by the accused to place her thumb print or sign documents at her home or at the police station. She said she did not know what they were.

The case is proceeding.

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