6 arrested for faking a death

2012-10-06 12:23

Durban - Six people, including a doctor, will appear in a Durban court next week after allegedly faking a death to collect life insurance, police said on Saturday.

Spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said they used a stolen identity document, belonging to Mandisa Mkhwebula, without her knowledge, to take out death cover.

"After nine months of paying monthly premiums, they declared her dead and prepared the necessary documents with home affairs, a funeral parlour and a doctor to enable them to claim," Zwane said.

Three sisters, Zodwa Ngcobo, Thulile Madondo and Zandile Linda, and their two accomplices, Sibongiseni Thabethe and Brian Khumalo, were out on R2 500 bail each.

Thabethe, arrested in a pub in central Durban, and Khumalo, who was arrested in Pinetown, apparently provided most of the documentation used to commit the fraud.

The 47-year-old Isipingo doctor was alleged to have supplied the blank BI 1663 death notification form to the sisters.

"It is alleged that he sold blank BI 1663 to people who wanted to lodge fraudulent claims," Zwane said.

The five people would appear before the Durban Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday, while the doctor would appear separately.

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-10-06 12:35

    hahahaha damn,sounds like something coming out of a TV series

      Jellyarse - 2012-10-06 13:03

      I don't really see the need for a criminal trial here - after all, this a white imperialist/capitalist insurance company that should be nationalised any way - why the double standards - screwing insurance companies out of their money is no different to screwing taxpayers out of their money by whatever means possible! This is the acceptable norm as practiced by government,so why the big deal? Viva Juju!

      David - 2012-10-06 13:46

      Yes, you are a jellyarse

      rude.awakning - 2012-10-07 06:22

      if he /she is sitting on his/her brains,............jellyarse(pronounced JULIAS) forsure! You are of the right calibre for the post of secretary general of juju new political party(2050 .....after his jail sentence served) lol! .... (MDP) =(Morons Demonstrations Party) . Their motto: ''talk first, think later!'''

  • david.a.meyer.925 - 2012-10-06 13:32

    Why has the doctor not been named?

  • johan.jacobs.33821 - 2012-10-06 13:41

    Kill them then the claim becomes legitimate.

  • pvjohnson1 - 2012-10-06 16:54

    If the scammers,thieves and fraudsters of this nation of ours put as much effort utilising their grey matter into becoming productive,self sustaining, law-abiding citizens,we might have a chance.

  • rude.awakning - 2012-10-07 06:33

    greedy bastards? And they drive around with fancy new cars like they successful hardworking individuals! Lock them up in the mortuary for a couple of years and blacklist them from ever having insurance of anykind? For parole, they must do community service helping with postmortems for a couple of years!

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-12-11 10:35


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