On Monday, July 27, three men appeared in Nelspruit Magistrate Court, after being arrested on July 24 for attempting to steal money from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), by hacking into their system.
Since then, the suspects, Matholeni Sydwell Masilela (40), Brian Mfundo Masina (28) and Moses Khumalo (36), have been remanded in custody by the Nelspruit Magistrate Court.
“Masilela, Masina and Khumalo were arrested in Nelspruit during an intelligence driven operation by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation together with Cyber Crime, Local Criminal Record Centre and South African Social Security Agency (SASSA),” said SAPS in a statement.
According to the SAPS, the suspects were conspiring to steal money from Sassa by hacking into the organisation’s system.
“An electronic device which was intended to be used to extract information including a laptop, a scanner, SASSA cards and the suspect’s vehicle were seized during the operation,” said SAPS.
The case has been postponed to Monday, August 3, for “verification of addresses and possible bail application.” Investigations into the matter are still ongoing.