Fake house tender duo arrested after tip

2016-05-04 08:32


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Pietermaritzburg - A man and woman appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistate’s Court on Tuesday charged with defrauding thirty-four people by pretending that they had a tender to build houses to the tune of R158 million.

December Radebe (39) and Thoko Mgabi (58), both of Imbali, were remanded in custody pending their court appearance in the Commercial Crimes Court in Durban today.

They were not asked to plead to the charge facing them.

According to the state’s charge sheet the two are charged with defrauding Patrick Magubane and 33 other people in Pietermaritzburg between December 2015 and April this year.

They allegedly told their victims that they had valid tender documents to build 1 000 houses to the total value of R158 million.

However, those interested had to pay “agent fees” of R600 000.

In fact the alleged tender documents they had in their possession were false and they did not have a tender to build any houses.

The two allegedly received a total sum of R2 million as a result of their fraudulent activities.

According to a statement issued by SAPS spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane, the two suspects were arrested by members of the KZN provincial task team last week after one of their potential victims became suspicious and tipped off investigators.

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