KwaDukuza SAPS commended for their work

2016-11-30 06:00

WANDILE Mhlongo (23) was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment recently by the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court for a house robbery that took place in the Ntshawini area last year.

KwaDukuza SAPS spokesperson, warrant officer Johannes Khoza commended the station’s detective Constable E.T. Ngcobo whose investigative work resulted in the sentencing.

The robbery occurred in October last year in the Ezihlabathini area, Ntshawini and Mhlongo was arrested after the police were tipped off by a witness, however, the stolen goods were not retrieved as the accused had already sold them off, Khoza said.

In a separate incident, a 29-year-old man from KwaMashu was arrested in KwaDukuza last Friday for alleged ATM fraud. He appeared in the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 28 November.

According to KZN SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane the man was arrested after KwaDukuza police followed up on information that the suspect had allegedly jammed a victim’s ATM bank card and allegedly withdrew R5 000 from the victim’s account.

“On 25 November at about 7.30am the victim was at the ATM in one of the shops at KwaDukuza withdrawing cash. While busy at the ATM, he was approached by the suspect who wanted to offer help. The victim did allow the suspect to help them and that was when the victim's card was jammed.
“The victim walked away and the suspect later withdrew cash from the victim’s account. When the victim received an SMS about withdrawals, he immediately contacted the police and proceeded to the same ATM that he was using. The description of the suspect was given to the police and later he was seen at the same ATM. When the suspect saw the police, he rushed to his vehicle and attempted to drive away but the police stopped him a few metres away. His vehicle was searched and a card suspected to be used to block ATM machines was found in his possession. The suspect was immediately arrested and charged with fraud,” Zwane said.
KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the KwaDukuza SAPS for their swift reaction that led to the arrest of the suspect.

“Our detectives will work hard to try and see if he is not involved in any other card skimming or bank card related frauds. I appeal to credit card holders to take extra precautions when using their cards at any ATMs during this festive season. Make sure that no one distracts you while you are using an ATM and avoid asking for help from unknown people,” he said.

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