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Couple arrested after fight over stolen R5.5m

A 28-year-old woman and her boyfriend are set to appear in the Makhado magistrate’s court in Limpopo today in connection with the theft of R36 million from a deceased person’s bank account.

Hawks apprehended the couple on Saturday after they fought over R5.5m allegedly shared with them by First National Bank employee Thabiso Matenda, who stole R36m from a deceased account.

Matenda remains in jail after being denied bail a few weeks ago. According to Provincial Hawks spokesperson Capt Matimba Maluleke, Matenda allegedly opened the deceased clients’ profile on April 25 after they died in a vehicle accident.

“The couple started to fight over the money when the sender requested it back. When the girlfriend went to the police in Johannesburg to open a case of assault against her boyfriend, the police discovered that the money they were fighting over was actually stolen and Limpopo Hawks were investigating the matter,” Maluleke said.

Maluleke said Matenda allegedly connived with his accomplice to open a new bank account, linked it to the deceased’s account and started spending all the money from the deceased’s account.

Maluleke said more arrests were expected to follow in connection with the case. – Sowetan

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