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18-year-old Joubertina woman sentenced over illegal money lending business

Aug 22, 2018
18-year-old Joubertina woman sentenced over illegal money lending business

Humansdorp SAPS Cluster Commander welcomed the 12 months imprisonment or R5 000 fine imposed on an eighteen-year-old woman, who was convicted for operating an illegal money lending business in the Joubertina Magistrate's Court.

"On Monday, the Joubertina Magistrate's Court sentenced Asemahle Harmaans (18) to 12 months of imprisonment or R5 000 fine, wholly suspended for five years for contravening the National Credit Act," said police spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli.

"The accused was found guilty on 34 counts of contravening the Nationa Credit Act.

"The court also ruled that an amount of R12 249.20 confiscated during her arrest in May this year, be forfeited to the state."

Humansdorp SAPS Cluster Commander, Brigadier John Lebok, said: "This sentence is going to serve as a strong message to those that are operating similar illegal money lending businesses. These so-called 'money lenders' are targeting the most vulnerable people in communities, the elderly people."