Former official in court over R5m scam

2012-03-09 09:40

Johannesburg - Notable public figure Thabang Mamonyane has appeared in court for allegedly stealing R5m through a cash-in-transit van scam, according to a report on Friday.

Mamonyane is accused of using a converted cash-in-transit van to collect R5m from various businesses, The Sowetan reported.

He is a former Mogale City official, the ex-spokesperson for the then Gauteng premier Tokyo Sexwale, a former Talk Radio 702 employee and the ex-husband of Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane.

It was understood that Mamonyane and two others pretended to be cash collectors and took money from a number of companies. The businesses only became aware of the scam after the real cash-transit guards arrived to pick up the money.

He allegedly did this 22 times since 2010.

Mamonyane was arrested after police traced the vehicle used in the heists.

He appeared in court on Thursday and was remanded in custody until his bail application on March 15.

  • Olivia - 2012-03-09 10:02

    If it's in your's in your blood

  • Kala - 2012-03-09 10:07

    I am assuming that anybody who uses a Cash in Transit service must be depositing large amounts of cash. Surely there must be some sort of verification process before you hand over your hard earned money.

      nshinga1 - 2012-03-09 10:27

      Yes there is. I guess the head cashiers were not vigilant enough.the money is probably in his backyard somewhere coz he cant put it in a bank or insurance company.

  • ailsa.j.loudon - 2012-03-09 10:13

    How far the mighty can fall!

  • Herman - 2012-03-09 10:16

    Hell, this country just doesn't have any official left who isn't a thief. Is Stealing 101 the first subject you must pass to become an official person in SA? Note: I didn't mention anc, just official.......

      Inquista - 2012-03-09 11:26

      Herman, you may say ANC, because they are only ones that are being appointed officials - except in the Cape of course.

  • patrick.pillay - 2012-03-09 10:29

    Working is the only honest way of earning your money. It seems that we have a lot of lay abouts that think stealing is the best way. Get a life.

      elizabethann.auld - 2012-03-09 10:45

      I fully agree - IF you can get work thta is!

  • Cindy - 2012-03-09 11:11

    "Notable public figure"; check his LinkedIn profile Owner of Extreme Trackers..... CEO of October Wind and CEO of Kweneng Farming, Construction and Crushing. Apparently he forgot to add "Cash-in-Transit Crook"

  • Marion - 2012-03-09 11:17

    Why don't people who notice extreme lifestyle changes around them alert the SAPS? So much of this type of crime could be nipped in the bud quickly if people just took note of what is going on around them and then acted on their suspicions. Instead they stand with their mouths hanging in awe and admiration for the overnight success of their friend/ neighbour/ relative.

      Cindy - 2012-03-09 12:45

      Had this happen in Grahamstown recently and when we raised questions amongst a certain sporting community of which she was part, we were told that we were just jealous...... Her victim has been brought close to financial ruin and her apologists are still trying to deny she has done anything wrong

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-09 13:02

    Notable public figure no less. More like a notable crook to me.

  • Scouter - 2012-03-09 18:08

    Is there no end to it? If these people could only apply their ingenuity to honest endeavour ........ but I suppose that would involve honest hard work and something called integrity.

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