Third accused arrested for RDP houses fraud in Mpumalanga

MPUMALANGA –The case against Helga Kruger (51) ( Estate Agent) was remanded in custody by the Middelburg Commercial Crime Court on Thursday, 14 October 2022 after she was arrested by the Hawks based Middelburg Serious Commercial Crime Investigation for Fraud. She was added as third accused to previous arrests of Fotoboy Makua known as Fofo (55) and Annica van Staden(46) who were since released on bail. Helga Kruger was charged for RDP Houses Fraud worth R100 000-00.
It is alleged that on 24 June 2014, Kruger advertised RDP houses of Tokologo Section in Middelburg on behalf of Housing First Property CC. The offer to purchase indicate that Housing First CC is the seller of the Properties and it was registered on the name of Annica van Staden. She sold the property to the complainant for R100 000.00 and further requested the buyer to transfer the money into the business account of Foto Security Services.
Kruger should have known as “estate agent” that the property can only be transferred and registered in the name of the buyer once the conveyor attorney received the money into his trust account. The rightful owner of the property did not give anyone permission or mandate to sell the property.
The case was postponed to 26 October for Legal Aid representative. The accused remains in custody.

Source: South African Police Service