Millions hidden in ice-cream tubs and refuse bags

Millions hidden in ice-cream tubs and refuse bags

Two former Fidelity guards aged 41 and 31 have been sentenced to nine years behind bars for theft in Limpopo.

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Tinyiko Thomas Maluleke and Rofhiwa Emmanuel Luvhimbi were convicted at the Makhado Magistrate's Court on Monday, for stealing almost R2.9 million.

Notes were found stashed in ice-cream containers and refuse bags that were dug up in the convicts' back yards.

Hawks spokesperson Matimba Maluleke says almost R2.7 million was recovered when police arrested two guards separately in Ravele Riverside area and the other in Waterval just outside Elim. 

The duo got away with almost R2.9 million in a space of a month between December last year and January this year.

"The theft was reported by the pair's manager after Maluleke and Luvhimbi failed to account for the missing money. An operation comprising the Hawks and the Makhado Task Team and the Thohoyandou Tactical Response Team was tasked to investigate the matter," says Matimba.

“One of the suspects had already bought a double cab vehicle and building material which were later confiscated by the investigating team.”

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