ROCKDALE RDP HOUSES FRAUDSTER SOUGHT FOR FRAUD
MPUMALANGA – Sfiso Johannes Khumalo (41) who was previously sought for Rockdale Middelburg Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses and rearrested on 01 March 2021 by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Mpumalanga assisted by members of Crime Intelligence was released on R10 000 bail on 30 March 2021 and appeared before court several times and later evaded court.
It is alleged that in October 2018, Sylvia Nyandeni (43) an employee of the Steve Tshwete Municipality allegedly colluded with Khumalo to defraud applicants of RDP houses in Middelburg. Nyandeni misrepresented herself as having the authority to receive money from the destitute applicants. The defrauded victims were given a bank account of Khumalo to deposit the funds which amounted to just over R700 000.
The pair reportedly shared the proceeds afterwards. Nyandeni and Khumalo were summoned to appear before the Middelburg Magistrates’ Court on 24 July 2020, however only Nyandeni managed to honour the court appearance whilst Khumalo sent a sick note stating that he was not feeling well. The court ordered that Khumalo to appear alongside Nyandeni on the follow-up date which was scheduled for 20 August 2020, but he once again absconded.
A new warrant of arrest was issued again hence he is sought. His co accused, Sylvia Nyandeni (43) appeared in court on 23 March 2022. The case was postponed to 4 May 2022.
The Provincial Head of the Hawks in Mpumalanga, Major General Zodwa Mokoena is requesting the assistance of the public in locating the accused. Anyone with the information on the accused can contact the investigating officer, Sergeant Amos Mahlangu on 071 481 3069 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. Alternatively send a tip off via MySAPSApp. All information received will be treated with the strictest of confidentiality.
Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi
071 481 3493