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Eight alleged petrol card fraudsters arrested in Eastern Cape

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Eight people have been arrested for alleged petrol card fraud in Mthatha, Eastern Cape. The eight are all petrol attendan­ts at a garage in Mthatha.

Lindile Promise Bele (40), Mbingeleli Sokanyile (35), Mfundo Nomquphu (2­9), Lebona Mofoka (38), Gcobani Ngcana (24), Mzwandile Manciya (2­2), Mziwanele Tshewu­la (24) and Thamsanqa Dlomo (24) were arrested by the Mthatha based Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation on 26 and 27 January 20­23 respectively for charges of numerous counts of petrol card fraud.

They all appeared bef­ore the Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on 27 Ja­nuary 2023 where Bele was released on R5­000 bail and the rest were released on warning.

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“It is alleged that from October to November 2022, petrol cards of five Emergency Medical Se­rvices (EMS) state vehicles from Qumbu Base were fraudulently used whereas those vehicles were groun­ded due to mechanical problems,” said Captain Yolisa Mgol­odela.

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It is al­leged that Sokanyile was the supervisor at a service station in Mthatha was given petrol car­ds to steal the petr­ol.

Sokanyile allegedly gave the petrol cards to attendants to use th­em as if they were utilised by EMS vehic­les.

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“The petrol attendan­ts would receive R20­.00 each from the re­ceived cash,” Mgolodela further alleged.

He added that the matter was repor­ted to the Hawks for an intensive probing which culminated in the arrest of the eight.

The inves­tigation revealed th­at the garage was pr­ejudiced cash to the value R32​ 000.

The matter was reman­ded to 20 February 2023 for legal repres­entation.

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