Crime Snippets


Former Municipal Director guilty of fraud
Piet Retief: Former Director of Technical Services of Mkondo Municipality, Divhambele Ishmael Mandiwane (39), was found guilty and convicted for fraud, theft and money laundering in the Piet Retief Regional Court on Friday, 16 February.
Mandiwane created duplicate orders and pocketed the other money for himself. He also deposited R2 032 908.42, with interest to his family and relatives in 2013.
Mandiwane already repaid R100 000 to the municipality but was ordered by court to pay another R550 000 (one third of the total amount) by 16 March when the final sentence will be handed down.
Illegal miners arrested
Barberton: Seven suspects were arrested by members of the Hawks’ Precious Metals and Diamond Unity (PMD) and Barberton SAPS last Thursday, 15 February for the illegal possession of gold bearing ore.
They appeared in Barberton Magistrate Court. Sipho Ndlamini (39), Nkosinathi Mkondo (21), Dicky Mota (59) and Innocent Shongwe (42) were granted R1000 bail each and will re-appear in court on 3 August. Thulai Mahlalele (31) was granted bail and is expected back in court on 21 February.
The other two suspects were handed over to the Department of Home Affairs in order to establish their status of being in the country.
Director arrested for alleged fraud
Standerton: William Vusimuzi Moses Kgomu (53) was arrested by members of the Hawks’ serious Commercial Crime Unit for alleged Provident Fund fraud on 13 February.
He appeared before Standerton Magistrate’s Court and was granted R2000 bail. The case has been postponed to 9 April for further investigation.
Kgomu was a director of EL Gondor Trading Security Company (Pty)(Ltd) and allegedly deducted over R270 000 for Provident Fund from his employees, but never submitted the funds to Provident Fund Scheme. When the company shut down in 2017, employees discovered that they were never registered for the fund.