Gcinithemba Msana (37) and Ntsikelelo Matebese (29) appeared at New Law Court Port Elizabeth following their arrest on 10 December 2020, by Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation at bank branch Baywest, Port Elizabeth facing charges of fraud and money laundering.
On 2 December 2020, a bank official fraudulently transferred money out of a client’s bank account and deposited R500 000.00 into tavern owner Gcinithemba Msana’s account. Msana then deposited R 200 000.00 into Ntsikelelo Matebese’s account who is self-employed selling second hand cars.
On 3 December Matebese withdrew R160 000.00 out of his account. The bank became suspicious of the transactions and froze both Msana and Matebese’s accounts. The bank forensic personnel liaised with the Hawk’s on 10 December to conduct an operation. The Hawk’s and Nedbank Forensic Department arrested Msana and Matebese whilst trying to withdraw money at Baywest Nedbank branch.
A white Audi A3 was seized and two cellphones during the operation. The possibility of more arrests to be effected cannot be ruled out. The potential loss to the Nedbank client is R500 000.00.
Msana and Matebese appeared in New Law Court and their case postponed for bail setting. They remain in custody and the court has not given a date for their next appearance as yet.