- A female farm owner has been arrested for allegedly setting up her own 'toll-gate' service
- The farmer charged a hefty fee to mostly carjackers and illegal immigrants hoping to cross the SA-Lesotho border quietly
- She's since been charged with corruption and is expected in court on Monday
A Free State farm owner faces the full might of the law after setting up an illegal 'toll-gate' service on her property. The female farm owner charged a hefty fee to car thieves and illegal immigrants using her property to travel between South Africa and Lesotho.
The woman and an accomplice have since been arrested for alleged corruption.
According to a previous article by TimesLIVE, her little con was cut short after an impressive sting operation lead by the Hawks.
Undercover investigators posed as car thieves who needed to cross the border using her 'toll-gate'.
"She agreed and demanded R1 000 for a stolen vehicle to cross. Cash was paid and the suspects [the farm owner and an accomplice, aged 28] were immediately arrested,” said Hawks officer Lt-Col Philani Nkwalas.
According to one source, the cunning farm owner is the widow of a SA citizen who died four or five months ago. The source also said she's a Lesotho national who holds an SA ID.
The woman will appear in the Fouriesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
In more crime news, Briefly News previously reported that a 28-year-old woman was arrested by the police after she confessed that she had lied about being hijacked. South Africans launched a frantic search for the woman under the hashtag #FindSimphiwe.
She had allegedly posted about her hijacking from the boot of her car which resulted in a frantic manhunt. She has been charged with perjury, defeating the ends of justice and fraud, according to TimesLIVE.
The sympathy the woman enjoyed will no doubt turn to scorn as thousands of concerned citizens realise that she had allegedly lied about the whole ordeal.
According to IOL, the woman had confessed to the police that she had not been hijacked and that she had faked the situation. According to Jacaranda FM, the woman let people know that she was safe after the ordeal but the situation rapidly changed when it turned out all to be an elaborate lie.
A post was shared by Michael Gethe, who reported that a man called Chris Mbedu had taken part in the search and had spent a considerable amount of money and time trying to find the hijacked woman.
He revealed that through their tracking records, her car allegedly never left her home, the same car that she had allegedly been hijacked in.
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