Tumelo Waga Dibakwane
MZWAKHE Ephraim Madonsela (44) and Godwin Vilakazi (35), were sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by the Emalahleni Regional Court for bank card skimming on 31 July.
The pair were first arrested in April 2012 after investigations implicated them in several cases in Mpumalanga of theft, malicious damage to property, possession of illegal Point Of Sale (POS) devices and conspiracy to commit crime. They were subsequently granted bail but disappeared. While on the run, they continued to committed similar offenses.
A Hawks Serious Commercial Investigation unit’s probe revealed that the pair were part of a syndicate that had been operating for a while. An intelligence-driven operation led to the pair being re-arrested in 2016. Bail was opposed successfully and they made a series of court appearances culminating in their recent conviction and sentence.