Hawks arrest 2 people, including convicted fraudster, for alleged government tender scam

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Richard Jjuuko and Lillian Raesibe Masilela have been arrested for fraud.
Richard Jjuuko and Lillian Raesibe Masilela have been arrested for fraud.
Laird Forbes, Gallo Images
  • Two people, including a convicted fraudster, have been arrested in connection with a government tender scam.
  • The fraudster's modus operandi was allegedly to convince the victim that he had been awarded a tender.
  • The fraudster was arrested on the same day he was convicted in another fraud-related matter.

A convicted fraudster and his alleged accomplice have been arrested in connection with a Department of Water and Sanitation tender scam.

They were arrested after allegedly convincing the complainant in the case into believing that he had been awarded a tender to supply the department in Pretoria with 55 Zallex water pumps in May 2020.

The complainant was redirected to a Cape Town-based company, Abitex Top Traders, to supply him with the requested goods worth approximately R118 372.

According to Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu, the complainant transferred the money into the bank account provided on the invoice.

Mulamu said:

[When] the [complainant realised] that goods were not being delivered, he immediately reported the matter to the Hawks' Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Pretoria for further probing.

READ | Alleged online love scammer arrested at Sandton church

Mulamu said convicted fraudster Richard Jjuuko, 48, allegedly convinced his co-accused, Lillian Raesibe Masilela, 53, to open a bank account for him and keep the bank card.

The card was used for the scam.

A warrant was issued for Jjuuko's arrest after the complainant went to the Hawks. He was arrested and charged with fraud and money laundering in the Polokwane Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on 9 March 2022 on the same day he was convicted in another fraud-related matter.

Mulamu said Jjuuko's conviction in the same court was related to fraud and money laundering charges committed in Douglasdale, Johannesburg, and Tzaneen, Limpopo. Jjuuko had pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years' imprisonment, suspended for two years, and a R30 000 fine or six years' imprisonment.

He was arrested on 26 March 2021 for fraud and money laundering committed in Louis Trichardt and Polokwane involving over R943 000 in another tender scam. In 2018, he had lured the complainant in the case into transferring money into different bank accounts.

Mulamu said the complainant had suffered a loss of over R943 000 for the supply of low-pressure acetylene cylinders, Wayne sprinkler pumps and drill bits to the Department of Energy and Mineral Resources and the Department of Water and Sanitation.

All the products ordered from Cape Town-based registered companies Meco Engineering, Supreme Engineering and Eisen were not delivered, said Mulamu.

Jjuuko is expected back in court on 11 April 2022. He will be joined by Masilela.

"Masilela was also arrested and charged with fraud and money laundering on Thursday, 24 March at Mokopane in Limpopo," added Mulamu.

She also appeared in court on Friday and was released on a warning pending investigations.

Never miss a story. Choose from our range of newsletters to get the news you want delivered straight to your inbox.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your thoughts on the possibility of having permanent Stage 2 or 3 load shedding?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
I'll take that over constant schedule changes
13% - 1497 votes
Why are we normalising Eskom’s mess?
72% - 8210 votes
I've already found alternative ways of powering my home/business
15% - 1709 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.