Former bank employee to appear in court

POTCHEFSTROOM - A 28-year-old Siphiwe Hlathi is expected to reappear in the Molopo Regional Court for plea and sentencing on four counts of fraud. The crimes were allegedly committed in October 2018.

At the time of the commission of the crimes, the accused was working at a bank in Mahikeng and handling retired and /or resigned public servants accounts. According to reports, the accused would after lump sum payments into the clients' accounts, deactivate cellphone notifications. Moreover, he would and without the knowledge of the clients, transfer monies ranging from R30 000-00 to R50 000-00 from the victims' accounts, all amounting to R600 000-00 into his personal account.

Upon becoming aware of suspicious transactions, the clients reported to the bank and the police and that led to investigations, the subsequent arrest and appearance of the accused in court.

Source: South African Police Service