MPUMALANGA – The Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Maj gen Zodwa Mokoena much-admired the integrated multidisciplinary operation conducted by the Hawks’ Nelspruit based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in partnership with the office of the National Credit Regulators (NCR) on Wednesday, 01 June 2022 at Cunning Moor (B), Mpumalanga on charges of Contravening Section 133 of the National Credit Act, Act 34 of 2005.

Information was received and followed by the team about the suspect who was operating an illegal cash loan business without been registered with the National Credit Regulator. During preliminary investigation, it was established that the suspect was retaining his clients’ bank cards to secure payments on their loans.

Search and seizure warrant was obtained from the court and executed at his premises. During the search, SASSA cards, bank cards from different banks, identity documents, 77 bank statements and 18 loan register books with clients’ names were seized for further investigation.

The suspect was immediately arrested and detained pending his court appearance on Thursday, 02 June 2022 at Culcutta Magistrate Court.

The Provincial Head, Maj Gen Zodwa Mokoena further gave a stern warning to those who keep identity documents and cards of others to secure repayment of debt. She also advised the elderly to refrain from giving those hooligans their personal belongings as it is unlawful. The General concluded by entreating the public to continually report such occurrences to the police.

Source: South African Police Service

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