Eastern Cape Man Who Tried to Scam Road Accident Fund of R2.2 Million Slapped With R100K Fine

Eastern Cape Man Who Tried to Scam Road Accident Fund of R2.2 Million Slapped With R100K Fine

  • An Eastern Cape man attempted to scam the Road Accident Fund (RAF) by falsely claiming over R2 million for a hit-and-run injury
  • A forensic investigation revealed that he had actually been injured in a fall while intoxicated
  • South Africans say Mzwandile Msutwana was just unlucky because many other people have gotten away with similar crime

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NEW BRIGHTON - An Eastern Cape man thought he could get a massive payday by scamming the Road Accident Fund (RAF).

Mzwandile Patrick Msutwana from the Eastern Cape was fined R100K for trying to scam to Road Accident Fund.
An Eastern Cape man, Mzwandile Patrick Msutwana, was convicted of trying to scam the Road Accident Fund of R2.2 million. Images: Stock photos
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Mzwandile Patrick Msutwana, 56, tried to claim over R2 million from the RAF by claiming he was injured in a hit-and-run.

EC man lied about how he got injured

In 2021, Msutwana claimed that he was knocked over by an unknown driver on Madikane Street, New Brighton, in Gqeberha.

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Hawks spokesperson Capt Yolisa Mgolodela says the fraud convict hired lawyers and lodged a more than R2.2 million claim with the RAF in June 2022, reports TimesLIVE.

After picking up on a few red flags, the forensic investigation division of the RAF referred the matter to the serious corruption investigation team of the Hawks. Msutwana's hospital records were probed and it turned out that he was injured when he fell while intoxicated.

Man gets fined for lying in RAF claim

According to IOL, Msutwana was found guilty of fraud and was given a R100 000 fine or five years imprisonment.

Half of the fine amount was suspended for three years. Msutwana opted for the fine and agreed to pay the money in monthly instalments of R1 000.

He was also ordered to make a R3 000 once-off payment after sentencing.

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South Africans share their thoughts on the fraudster's case

Nhlanhla Womfana Mnisi saId:

"He is not the first one, unfortunately, a lot have done so for years and got paid. Unfortunately for him, he got caught."

Nkosi Menzi said:

"Doctors know if you had a fall or were knocked by a car, unless you work with scammer doctors and lawyers. Otherwise, don't try it. There will be investigations before you receive your payout. You will end up in jail, not worth it."

Alfred Akanyang said:

"Hahahaha, next time mpinchi, at least you tried. Kunzima mmata. Any trick can do. Hard luck."

Sarah Pietrangeli said:

"Very lenient sentence. He should be locked up. A thief is a thief."

Zorrho Magoveni said:

"He was just caught, unlucky, but many get away with it. What about the lawyers who were representing him?"

Law Society accuses RAF of unfair treatment

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Briefly News previously reported that the Law Society of South Africa is unhappy with how lawyers trying to settle their clients' Road Accident Fund (RAF) cases are being treated.

The Law Society has slammed RAF for subjecting the lawyers to unfair treatment and impeding accident victims' access to justice.

Throngs of lawyers have had to endure long lines outside the RAF offices at Sammy Marks Square in Pretoria to negotiate block settlements.

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