Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Selling Fake Eskom Prepaid Vouchers

Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Selling Fake Eskom Prepaid Vouchers

- A 42-year-old teacher has been arrested for allegedly selling fraudulent Eskom prepaid electricity vouchers

- Phunzile Constance Masimula was allegedly part of a syndicate that had an unauthorised voucher printer

- The Hawks carried out a two-year investigation and built a solid case against Masimula and three of her accomplices

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A Mpumalanga teacher has been taken into custody by the police after she was caught allegedly selling prepaid Eskom electricity vouchers.

The arrest follows a two-year investigation that uncovered a syndicate in Middelberg. The syndicate had allegedly been using an unauthorised vending machine to sell Eskom vouchers at a lower price.

Teacher arrested for allegedly selling fake Eskom prepaid vouchers
Phumzile Constance Masimula was arrested for allegedly selling fake Eskom prepaid electricity vouchers. Photo credit: @EskomSouthAfrica, Nqobile Bonokuhle Masilela
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Phunzile Constance Masimula, 42, was arrested with three other people in the operation. The investigation was launched after a whistleblower alerted authorities to the syndicate.

According to News24, the group was printing fraudulent vouchers and selling them at a low price. The Hawks revealed that they had gathered enough evidence to build a watertight case against the syndicate.

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The Daily Sun reported that when the Hawks arrested the suspects they found diaries containing a list of clients and meter numbers. Masimula will appear before the Siyabuswa Magistrate's Court on 25 June along with three other co-accused.

Earlier, Briefly News reported that 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.

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In other news, Ferial Haffajee gave her insights into Norma Gigaba's testimony at the State Capture Inquiry. She revealed that it was rare to get such an intimate inside account of what has transpired behind the scenes.

Haffajee spoke to on eNCA where she revealed that Norma gave a detailed account of the motives for Malusi Gigaba's alleged corrupt activities.

Gigaba apparently did not appreciate what Haffajee said and took to Twitter to call her a "shameless fraud".

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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