Accused walks free

2018-01-31 06:00

A 49-year-old Bloemfontein woman caught in possession of over R1 million in counterfeit money walked away scot-free after her case was dismissed in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court.

Nthabiseng Betty Mokhali was charged for contravention of South African Reserve Bank Section 32 regulations.

The Hawks Commercial Crime Unit caught the woman in O.R. Tambo drive, the old Church Street, in Bloemfontein on 13 January.

According to Capt. S’fiso Nyakane, Hawks provincial spokesperson, more than R1 million in hundred rand notes of counterfeit money was found in Mokhali’s possession.

She appeared in court on 16 January, but her case was dismissed. The elite crime fighting unit’s efforts amounted to nothing following the dismissal of the case against the woman during her appearance on 16 January.

“The senior prosecutor withdrew the case because the Hawks did not apply section 251 (a) when they set an entrapment,” says Nyakane.

He says the Hawks Crime Intelligence and Tactical Response Unit set a trap upon receiving information about the woman’s who had over R1 million counterfeit money in her possession.

According to the police, Mokhali is a South African citizen.

It is still unclear whether or not the elite crime fighting unit will continue the investigation following the dismissal of the case by the senior state prosecutor.

In another case, the police in Thaba Nchu have discovered counterfeit money to the value of R77 800.

This followed the arrest of an Ethiopian in the central business district in Thaba Nchu on Thursday, 25 January.

The suspect, Abushh Wangore (42), briefly appeared in the Thaba Nchu Magistrate’s Court on Monday (29/01).

He faces a charge of contravention of the South African Reserve Bank Section 32.

Sgt. Martin Xuma, Botshabelo police spokesperson, says Wangore will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Friday (02/02).

He says the Selosesha Tactical Response Team acted on intelligence-driven information to arrest the suspect.

“The members received information about an Ethiopian male allegedly in possession of counterfeit money,” says Xuma.

“While on patrol, members noticed a man that fit the description of the suspect near a chain clothing store in Thaba Nchu. They immediately searched him and found the counterfeit money valued at R 77 800, 00,” said Xuma.”

He says investigations are still underway.

“Business owners, as well as community members at large, are advised to verify money – especially large amounts of money – during any business transactions.”

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