Swindler in court for defrauding retired principal

GAUTENG – Bongani Moses Thabethe (47) appeared in the Nigel Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 27 January 2023 for alleged R1.2 million fraud.

It is alleged that in April 2019, Thabethe approached a retired principal with a proposal to start a funeral parlour business. Thabethe is a carpenter and a manufacturer of coffins. He reportedly convinced the victim to deposit the money into his Capitec account. When the money was paid, he vanished.

The case was reported to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption team in 2021, for investigation. This resulted in Thabethe’s arrest on Friday when a warrant was executed at Kwa-Thema, Springs.

The case was postponed to Thursday, 02 February 2023 for a bail application.

Source: South African Police Service