Three in court after allegedly trying to steal R2 million from non-profit's funding

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  • Three men have been arrested and have appeared in court for theft and intimidation.
  • The accused allegedly demanded a Mpumalanga non-profit organisation pay them a share of R2 million.
  • Transfers of between R100 000 and R150 000 were made by the accused from the NPO.

Three men have appeared in court on charges of theft and intimidation after they allegedly demanded a share of R2 million that was paid to a Mpumalanga non-profit organisation (NPO).

Jacob Gabisani Shaka Twala, 45, Lucky Thulani Sithole, 34, and Emmanuel Solly Machava, 42, were served with court summonses following an investigation by the Hawks' Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team last year. They appeared in court on Tuesday.

The investigation revealed that on at least two occasions the accused met with the owner of the NPO and demanded that money be paid to them from the entity's coffers, said Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha.

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The funds were allegedly paid to the NPO by the Provincial Department of Health.

"In one meeting, one of the accused took the complainant's laptop and transferred amounts ranging from R100 000 to R150 000 in three transactions to different bank accounts. The complainant was only able to stop two transactions before they were processed," said Ramovha.

An arrest warrant has also been issued for Manqoba Daniel Sibanyoni, who is still at large, according to Ramovha.

"Anyone who knows his whereabouts is urged to contact the investigating officer Captain Thembelani Nkambule on 082 303 9872," said Ramovha

"The case against the trio has been postponed to 15 February 2022, pending further investigation and tracing of the outstanding suspect."


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