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Jeffreys Bay woman accused of stealing R90k in stokvel money granted R1 000 bail

Dec 21, 2018
Jeffreys Bay woman accused of stealing R90k in stokvel money granted R1 000 bail

A Jeffreys Bay woman accused of stealing stokvel money amounting to over R90 000 was granted R1 000 bail after she briefly appeared at the Humansdorp Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

"Nombulelo Mxakana (38) appeared before the court on charges of theft and her case was remanded to Thursday, 21 January 2019, for further investigation," said police spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli.

"Mxakana was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of theft.

"Mxakana was a treasurer of a local stokvel club at Jeffreys Bay."

Woman allegedly stole from stokvel and went on the run

It is alleged that Mxakana failed to deposit members' monthly contributions into the club bank account for the past eleven months. The missing amount is estimated to be around R91 690.

"Three days before stokvel club members opened a theft against Mxakana, her husband reported her as missing at the local police station," Capt Nkohli said.

"Five days later, she resurfaced at Graaff Reinet, and went to the police station, where she gave reasons for her questionable disappearance."

Safety tips for stokvels

He added that police would like to share the following safety tips for stokvels :

1) Members to individually deposit their monthly contributions to the club account instead of giving a club treasurer or one person to deposit collected contributions at once.

2) Members are urged to find safer and modern ways to transact, such as internet transfers or mobile banking instead of carrying large amounts of cash; and

3) Always ask your bank for safer banking methods.

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