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EXCLUSIVE | Phala Phala 'thief' led luxury life of diamond teeth, exclusive cars... and SAPS did nothing

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A set of bespoke 18kt white gold grillz replete with diamonds, worth R250 000.
A set of bespoke 18kt white gold grillz replete with diamonds, worth R250 000.
Facebook/Shohreh Custom Jewellery

Imanuwela David splurged R250 000 on diamond-studded dental work and dropped millions on luxury cars – some allegedly paid for in crisp wads of US dollars - following a burglary at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Limpopo game farm. 

David and four other men were named by former spy boss Arthur Fraser as those behind the brazen heist at the Phala Phala Wildlife Game Farm near Bela-Bela in February 2020. Fraser alleged that the crew made off with around $4 million (R64 million) which had been hidden in furniture.  

News24 can now reveal details of David’s stunning shift in lifestyle before and after he was arrested and spent time in a Namibian jail, as he went from a security guard posted at a mine to joining a select club of the nouveau riche - flaunting his wealth on Instagram.  

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