Cape Town – The Bellville Commercial Crimes Court has sentenced Alain Wandjo Mukamba to an effective seven-year prison term after convicting him of conspiracy to commit fraud in a case dating back to 2014.
Mukamba was also convicted of three counts of fraud, violation of the law on communications and electronic transactions and one count of money laundering.
During the trial, prosecutor Esmeralda Johnson told the court that in 2014 Mukamba recruited Sisanda Mavangwe who in turn recruited Nomaphelo Mabayi.
Johnson said Mukamba asked the two women to register private companies and then guided them to open bank accounts. They opened accounts with Capitec, Standard Bank, Nedbank and ABSA, providing false personal information, including residential addresses and phone numbers.
He then told them to get point of sale devices or speed points from banks and when the devices were delivered to the two women, Mukamba took them.
Johnson said Mavangwe and Mabayi lied when opening business accounts, with Mavangwe claiming to be manager of Pafos Restaurant and Bar while Mabayi claimed to be manager of Noma Meat and Fish Wholesale.
The court heard that Mukamba had slipped in cloned cards and that his fraudulent activities had earned him R 2.4 million.
The court heard that on October 30, 2014, the police requested and obtained a search and seizure warrant for Mukamba’s residence. There they grabbed a Standard Bank speed point, 30 speed point slips for the Pafos restaurant and bar, a menu for the restaurant and 16 bank cards.
They also took company registration documents for Mavangwe Sisanda Trading (Pty) Ltd, share certificate in the name of Mavangwe and company registration documents for Nomaphelo Mabayi (Pty) Ltd T / A Noma Meat and Fish Wholesale.
A laptop computer, cell phones and new clothes from a high-end children’s store with price tags still attached were also seized.
NPA spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said Mavangwe and Mabayi reached a plea and sentencing deal in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Part of the deal was that they would testify against Mukamba.