- The woman who faked her hijacking under the alias Simphiwe Manzini has been released on R2 000 bail
- It has come to light that her real name is Phindile Kunene and she confessed to faking the ordeal
- South Africans launched a frantic manhunt in the hopes of saving the woman and were furious when it was revealed that she'd lied about the whole incident
The 29-year-old woman who caused an uproar on social media when she had claimed that she had been hijacked and had sent out desperate pleas for help online has been released on R2 000 bail from the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto.
The woman in question used the alias Simphiwe Manzini; her real name is actually Phindile Kunene. She had spent the weekend in jail after she'd faked her hijacking on Facebook.
The police have charged her with contravening the Oath of Commissions Act after she'd effectively submitted a false statement when she'd reported the hijacking according to The Citizen.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that some days it doesn't pay to show off online. A young woman took to Twitter to flex her new ride and got hijacked on the same day. The alleged thieves must have been tipped off about her car and somehow knew her location.
In a Twitter post by well-known social media commentator Man’s NOT Barry Roux, @AdvoBarryRoux, he shared the woman's post which reveals what happened to her.
In other news, 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.
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