Three people were arrested in Polokwane, Limpopo for allegedly using at least 70 SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) cards to withdraw cash at an ATM in the CBD.
Police arrested them after they received a tip-off on Thursday.
"The suspects attempted to flee the scene after the arrival of the police, but they were cornered and searched. During the search, police recovered 70 Sassa cards and R59 180 in cash which [had already been] withdrawn by the suspects," police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said.
A Citroen vehicle was confiscated during the arrests.
The three people, aged 29 to 47, failed to account for the origin and ownership of the Sassa cards, Mojapelo said.
They are expected to appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on charges of money laundering and the possession of suspected stolen goods.
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