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Taxi driver arrested as tender plan to defraud Limpopo businessman backfires

Pretoria: The Polokwane Specialised Commercial Crimes Court has convicted 40-year-old Ngoanametwa Gibson Thobakgale for swindling a Limpopo businessman who had applied for a Department of Education contract.

“Thobakgale was a local taxi driver in 2018. Instead of earning his salary from transporting commuters, he grew greedy and swindled an unsuspecting victim,” said Limpopo provincial spokesperson for the Hawks Captain Matimba Maluleke.

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“The victim had applied for a… (contract) that was advertised by the Department of Education to provide security services at schools around Limpopo province. He received a call from someone who claimed to be an official from Department of Education demanding R200 000 gratification in order to award a… (contract) .”

The businessman did verifications and found out that the person calling him was not working for the department. The Hawks’ serious corruption investigation unit was notified and an undercover operation was conducted.

Taxi driver arrested as tender plan to defraud Limpopo businessman backfires
Taxi driver, Ngoanametwa Gibson Thobakgale has been convicted for defrauding a Limpopo businessman who had applied for a security contract in the provincial Department of Education. Photo: Hawks

 

“Thobakgale was arrested in Polokwane at Sasol garage near the N1 North immediately after receiving R10 000 of the R200 000 he had demanded,” said Maluleke.

“The accused was out on bail until he was convicted for fraud and corruption by the Polokwane Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday, 23 August 2022. Thobakgale is expected back in court on 31 October 2022 for sentencing.”

Last year, the Polokwane Specialised Commercial Crimes Court sentenced a 47-year-old Limpopo woman, Gladys Tsakane Mpipi, to five years’ imprisonment on two counts of fraud amounting to R236 440.

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