A former FNB bank manager who is facing a charge of theft after he allegedly stole R3 million from an ATM machine and then skipped court has been re-arrested and remanded in custody.
Hawks spokesperson, Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi, said that police re-arrested Aubrey Lepala Tlala, 44, who was then remanded in custody after his brief appearance in the Kwaggafontein Regional Court on Monday.
“He was re-arrested for not showing up at an earlier scheduled court appearance,” Sekgotodi said.
Tlala was initially arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Investigation team based in Middelburg for theft related charges amounting to R3 million allegedly stolen from an ATM on 2 November 2012.
“Tlala was employed by First National Bank branch in Kwaggafontein as a manager at the time of the offence. He made several court appearances but failed to appear in court on 10 October 2021 where the matter was set down for judgement,” Sekgotodi said.
“A warrant for his arrest was consequently secured and executed on Monday 25 October 2021. He is expected to make a follow-up appearance on 22 November 2021 at the same Court,” she said.
In a separate incident in the Eastern Cape, Nokwanda Margaret Matebese, 40, appeared in the Gqeberha New Law Court on Tuesday after her arrest by the Gqeberha based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team of the Hawks. She is facing charges of fraud and money laundering pertaining to a sum of R500 000 that she allegedly stole from a Nebbank customer’s account.
“It is alleged that on 2 December 2020 an amount of R500 000 was stolen from a Nedbank client’s account by a bank employee. It is further reported that an amount of R200 000 was transferred into the Nedbank account of Ntsikelelo Matebese Funeral. The accused Nokwanda and her husband Ntsikelelo Matebese, 44, are further alleged to have withdrawn R160 000 of this money on 3 December 2021,” Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela said.
“On realising the suspicious fraudulent transaction, the bank immediately froze Matebese Funerals account and recovered R40 000,” Mgolodela said.
The matter was then referred to the Hawks for investigation, which led to the arrest of businessmen Gcinithemba Msana, 37, Abongile Mhlomi, 27, bank employee Siyamthanda Nxwusana,32, and Matebese, who is the director of Matebese Funeral Parlour. The four have earlier appeared in court and were released on R5000 bail each.
“Matebese was released on R5000 bail and will join her co-accused on 28 October 2021 to set a trial date,” Mgolodela said