Durban lawyer arrested for allegedly defrauding RAF clients

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Lawyer Mzwandile Ntombela has been arrested for theft.
Lawyer Mzwandile Ntombela has been arrested for theft.
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  • A Durban lawyer is in hot water after allegedly pocketing RAF money meant for his clients.
  • He was arrested after a case of theft was opened against him.
  • The lawyer allegedly tried to change his name to evade authorities.  

A Durban lawyer who allegedly failed to give his Road Accident Fund (RAF) clients their payouts been arrested and charged with fraud.

Mzwandile Ntombela, 51, briefly appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Monday following his arrest by the Hawks' Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team, Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said on Tuesday.

He was charged with 36 counts of theft.

"It is alleged that Ntombela was a practicing attorney and he received R362 000 from the Road Accident Fund on behalf of his clients. Ntombela allegedly used the funds for personal gain," said Mhlongo.

READ | Attorney sentenced for stealing R1.4 million in Road Accident Fund payouts meant for his clients

He said a case of theft was reported at Durban Central police station and the case docket was allocated to the Hawks for intensive investigation.

"Ntombela stopped practicing as an attorney and changed his surname from Masango to Ntombela."

Ntombela was granted a R10 000 bail and the case was postponed to 4 October.


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